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UVic Rabbit Injuction

The University of Victoria has applied to the B.C. Supreme Court to set aside an injunction that last month blocked it from trapping and killing the wild rabbits that are overrunning its campus. The injunction was obtained by animal rights activist Roslyn Cassells, who was working to relocate the animals — whose numbers top 1,500 — to shelters. Sanctuaries, including one in Texas, were ready to take the rabbits, but the relocation organizers had not obtained the necessary Ministry of Environment permits as the initial date for the cull approached. The university says it expects the court to hear its application on Aug. 16. It argues that Ms. Cassells has no legal standing to bring the injunction forward and that the university’s “rabbit-management plan” meets government requirements. It says the rabbits are a safety and possible health hazard, adding they damage campus grounds and vegetation.

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