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Bunny World Foundation Plea For Help (2009-2010)
"Easter Bunnies" Seized by LAPD and Rescued by BWF
Dear Bunny World Foundation Friend:
It's the Spring season, the flowers are blooming, the sun is shining and there's a little hop in everyone's step. Unfortunately, the Spring season also means that the illegal sales of animals in Santee Alley are increasing.
On Sunday, March 28, 2010, in Los Angeles, California the LA Police Department (LAPD) seized more than a hundred animals, including 35 baby rabbits, 79 turtles, 1 parrot, and 6 iguanas, that were being sold illegally on a street corner in downtown Los Angeles.
Officers to the rescue (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times / March 28, 2010) Alondra Alonzo, center, a Business Improvement District security officer, wrests a bag of rabbits from Stacy Martinez, who was trying to sell them on Maple Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. Sgt. Ernesto Mahano, right, arrives to assist.
Making a getaway (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times / March 28, 2010) A sidewalk vendor slips a plastic bag over cages containing rabbits and turtles as she scrambles to leave the corner of 12th and Maple.
According to LAPD Lt. Paul Vernon, "The illegal sales of animals is a perennial problem in the Fashion District, especially as certain holidays approach, like Easter".
An arrest for illegal sidewalk selling brings a citation. But if an animal control officer can certify that the animals are being badly kept, the vendor can be arrested on suspicion of felony animal cruelty.
Police encourage the public to report illegal sales of animals to their local animal services department or the local police.
On their side (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times / March 28, 2010) LAPD Officer Matthew Shafer snaps a photo of confiscated animals. Shafer, who owns three rescue dogs, said that collaring sidewalk vendors illegally selling DVDs and animals is "my favorite thing."
Bunny World Foundation has been fighting this problem alongside the LAPD with the cooperation of the LA Fashion District and we will continue our crusade until these illegal sales are stopped. We are looking to our friends, animals lovers and our community to help with this cause.
Due to Bunny World Foundation's recent rescue of over sixty of these baby bunnies we are in dire need of volunteers, financial support and donations to provide proper medical attention and housing for these bunnies during this critical time. Until these illegal sales are finally stopped we can expect to be rescuing more. If we don't rescue them these bunnies will be die.
Let's give these baby bunnies a second chance at life. We hope that we can count on you to help! Will you please consider making a donation today?
Hoppy Holidays to you and yours!
The bunnies and all of us here at Bunny World Foundation.
Bunny World Foundation, Inc.
A 501(c)3 Nonprofit
"Never Underestimate the Power of a Bunny!" ~Bunny World Foundation
For more information on the recent illegal animal sales arrests in downtown Los Angeles:
"A rabbit rescue in downtown L.A." by Carla Hall - LA Times
March 28 2010
The bunnies sat in stacked cages on the downtown sidewalk. They nibbled on lettuce as passers-by stopped to pet them. How much? A young woman cheerfully named her price. ($20 is the going rate.)
The complete article can be viewed at:
"Rabbits, Turtles, Iguanas Rescued from L.A. Street Corner"
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