The current rabbit population in the UK is estimated over 40 million, with the female rabbit (doe) being able to have upto five litters per year, each litter consisting of a minimum of four young.
Rabbits cause over £200,000,000 worth of damage in the UK per year to crops, plants and land. Rabbits can also cause problems to building structures, along with being a potential fire risk if they decide to take up residence under buildings.
As well as structural & land damage, it is also important to control rabbits as a matter of animal welfare to help reduce the outbreak of Myxomatosis.
Myxomatosis is a dreadful & severe viral disease that causes immense suffering in rabbits. Afffected rabbits become blind & develop lumpy nodular swellings on their head & body. Excessive pus discharges from the rabbits nose & eyes (which can often be sealed shut).