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Animals 2016, 6(3), 19;

Welfare Impacts of Pindone Poisoning in Rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus)

Landcare Research, P.O. Box 69040, Lincoln 7640, New Zealand
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editors: Kate Littin, Trudy Sharp and Ngaio Beausoleil
Received: 11 January 2016 / Revised: 12 February 2016 / Accepted: 23 February 2016 / Published: 26 February 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ethical and Welfare Dimensions of the Management of Unwanted Wildlife)
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Control methods used to manage unwanted impacts of the European rabbit in Australia and New Zealand include the use of toxic bait containing the anticoagulant pindone. Towards increased certainty in evaluating the animal welfare impacts of pindone poisoning in rabbits, we recorded behavioral and post-mortem data from rabbits which ingested lethal quantities of pindone bait in a laboratory trial. Pindone poisoning in rabbits resulted in welfare compromise, primarily through functional impairments related to internal haemorrhage over a maximum duration of 7 days. Applying this data to a formal assessment framework for ranking animal welfare impacts indicated that pindone had relatively high severity and also duration of welfare impacts in comparison to other rabbit control methods. View Full-Text
Keywords: animal welfare; anticoagulant; rabbit; pindone; poisoning animal welfare; anticoagulant; rabbit; pindone; poisoning

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Fisher, P.; Brown, S.; Arrow, J. Welfare Impacts of Pindone Poisoning in Rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus). Animals 2016, 6, 19.

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