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EDITORIAL: Feral rabbit relocation plan money well spent
Money well spent.
That’s the best way to sum up the $60,000 the Corporation of Delta is slated to shell out to trap, sterilize and relocate the 500 or so feral rabbits who call the area in and around the Ladner Leisure Centre home.
Those thinking otherwise have to look at the consequences of doing nothing.
The damage the little furry critters are doing on landscaping alone outstrips the cost of getting the problem taken care of. The Delta Hospice Society, for one, has had $70,000 worth of plants munched up by the bunnies.
They have also done some damage to buildings in the area trying to create sheltered homes. And the local swimming pool, hospital and ice rink have suffered as pedestrians regularly tracked in what the rabbits have left behind.
No, trapping them in a humane manner, making them offspring free for the future, and packing them off to Ladner Harbour Park is the best option, by far.
It’s a move that speaks volumes about caring and doing the right thing when the easiest option would be to simply eradicate them from existence.
Under Delta’s plan, nature can take its course in an area where likely a fair portion of the population will live out their lives.
The others will fall into the circle of life scenario thanks to natural predators.
The plan also draws attention to the generosity of the local veterinarians who will be performing the neutering at a reduced cost.
This is a move that will win the hearts and minds of many a fluffy animal lover. It shows we have progressed away from the quick and easy fix solutions that have all the subtlety of a sledge hammer.
And those who can only see this as a waste of taxpayers' money need to understand that shotgun shells and poison have a cost, too.