Rabbits and impact of Environment

Gary Stephenson made this Official Information request to Ministry for Primary Industries

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From: Gary Stephenson

Dear Ministry for Primary Industries,

Could you please provide the latest scientific and independently peer-reviewed report on the damage to native plants caused by wild rabbits.

How does this damage compare to the damage caused by sheep, agriculture and other grazing farm animals in the same habitat?

Has the effect and impact of wild rabbit control on companion rabbits and their owners been evaluated and what is the result of that evaluation?

Has the health impact of the loss of a companion rabbit on its owner due to wild rabbit control been evaluated?

How much is the control of feral rabbits driven by farming lobby groups and how many communications and monies from these lobby groups been received?

What independent scientific and peer reviewed report on the dangers on the release of Rabbit Haemorrhagic Virus into the environment has been undertaken.

What controls are in place to uncover and eradicate the illegal use of cutting up and spreading infected rabbit carcasses (know as vitamix) across large expanses of land.

Yours faithfully,

Gary Stephenson

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Ministry for Primary Industries

Dear Gary,

Thank you for your official information request as below.

Your request will be considered and an answer provided in accordance with the requirements of the Official Information Act 1982.

If you have any questions regarding this request, please email [email address].

Ngā mihi,

Francesca Ancillotti | Ministerial Support Officer
Ministerials & Business Support | Office of the Director-General
Ministry for Primary Industries - Manatū Ahu Matua
Telephone: (04) 830 1726 | Web: Ministerials Kotahi Page or www.mpi.govt.nz

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From: Alastair Gilby
Ministry for Primary Industries

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Alastair Gilby | Adviser – Official Information Act
Office of the Director-General | Ministerials and Business Support
Ministry for Primary Industries - Manatû Ahu Matua | Pastoral House 25
The Terrace | PO Box 2526 | Wellington 6140
New Zealand
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