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BWF Mission and History 

BWF Mission & History: Bunny World Foundation (BWF) is an ALL-Volunteer, non-profit 501(c) 3 animal welfare organization founded in 2008 in Los Angeles, California. Set up to promote (Shelter) Equity and Equality for Rabbits, BWF’s mission is to combat animal cruelty, illegal animal sales, exploitation and neglect of all animals, through rescue efforts, public education, investigations, legislation, special events, and media attention.

BWF is proud to celebrate a NINE-year voyage which begun with the fierce struggle to bring to light illegal animal sales in the LA Fashion District.  In terms of global outreach, BWF grew to be the largest Rabbit Rescue & Educational Service in the world. With 190K fans on Facebook, BWF’s posts are shared by millions of BWF members worldwide.   

BWF works to reduce rabbit overpopulation and to establish rabbits as companion animals that deserve the same individual rights, level of care, and opportunity for longevity as cats and dogs that live as human companions.   BWF manages a complex Foster & Adoption Program that requires constant strengthening and expansion to accommodate new rescues and provide for their intensive care, medication, supplies, and spay/neuter funds. BWF has 300 volunteers/fosters and rescues 500-700 abandoned and abused domestic rabbits a year.  In 2014, BWF was featured by CBS as one of the "Five Best Volunteer Opportunities for Animal Lovers in Los Angeles.” 

BWF rescued over 8,000 rabbits in the City of LA, ranging from un-weaned baby bunnies from Santee Alley to adult bunnies from the over-inundated city shelters.  In the past year alone (2016), BWF took in over 400 “Red” and “Blue” rabbits from the SIX City Shelters.  In addition, BWF housed, provided medical care, promoted, and found permanent and loving homes for more than 700 spayed and neutered rabbits.   

BWF was featured multiple times in LA Times, Huffington Post, LA Business Journal, KABC, CBS, and NBC’s Eight-piece Investigation . BWF voice was heard on KSWD/100.3FM The Sound, 89.3 KPCC, and 102.7 KIIS FM/570 KLAC AM/98.7 KYSR FM. Santee Alley Baby Bunnies *WON* the Genesis Award at the Humane Society of the United States and the Emmy Award at the 65th LA Area Emmy Awards Nominations & Winners. In 2016 BWF was featured on ABC7 in FABlife episode promoting “Bunnies & Tragedy of Easter,” The Show & Tell Show with Caroline Elliott, and “Vegans in Music.”

BWF track record of effectiveness has led to meaningful victories for animals in city legislatures.  BWF received the recognition by The County of LA (Michael D. Antonovich), The California State Assembly (Cameron M. Smyth), and The City of Santa Clarita (Frank Ferry, Mayor).

 

Recent Public Outreach & Education:

In 2016, BWF Volunteers pulled off TEN events during Easter including Kidspace Children's Museum in Pasadena, Western University of Health Sciences College in Pomona, Arts for Animal's Sake in Silverlake, Bunnymania in Wilding Crane Gallery and Chung King Studio (The National Museum of Animals) in Los Angeles. In addition, BWF representatives visited California Wildlife Center, attended the First Eagle Rock Animal Fest, the HSUS Gala, and participated in The National Animal Rights Day (NARD). BWF organized 50+ Adoption events, including the Bunny Brushing Fest at Petco Pasadena. In Oct-Nov, BWF Volunteers showed up at the Bridges Academy Community Service Fair in Studio City, Montebello Pet Fair in Montebello, Kidspace in Pasadena (again), Temple Aliyah’s Mitzvah Day Fair, Tofurky Trot 5K at the Rose Bowl Stadium organized by National Museum of Animals & Society.

Excerpts/Prior Achievements

Illegal Animal Sales in Santee Alley: Santee Alley, LA Fashion District, was the city's number one haven for illegal animal sales where underaged rabbits, kittens, salmonella infected turtles, parvo-infected puppies, and exotic birds were sold illegally on a daily basis. Animals were kept in filthy conditions in the glaring sun with no food or water, and many were sick or dying when sold.  These activities clearly violated City codes and other statutes as well.  BWF worked tediously on advocacy efforts to urge the city officials and councilmembers to enforce laws prohibiting illegal sales of animals; to better protect the health and welfare of animals and humans that are victimized by such sales; and, where necessary and appropriate, propose new legislation and ordinances in support of these efforts.

 

BWF successfully combatted illegal animal traffickers in Santee Alley by collaborating with the City Attorney’s Office, and by aiding in the arrest of notorious ring leaders behind this crime. BWF volunteers followed the traffickers, and provided LAPD with the evidence of their offenses. As a result, the bail amount increased from the mere $25 to $26,000, the infamous ring leader of illegal animal traffickers, Juan Mena, got arrested and the People vs Juan Mena and Norma Pluma trial began. In December 2013, the traffickers were found GUILTY by the Jury and were sentenced to jail. This marked the beginning of the end of the ongoing practice of animal abuse, cruelty and disregard for the animal protection laws in Santee Alley, LA Fashion District.  Our documentary "The Deadly Secret of Santee Alley" is under way with the collaborative effort of USC Cinema & TV School volunteer filmmakers. In 2011, our documentary was a finalist at MY HERO Int'l Film Festival in the Independent Features in Development Category.

Avitrol Saga: Our investigative division has worked on several projects including capturing the immense suffering of birds caused by the ingestion of Avitrol, increasing awareness of the danger and cruelty of the use of this chemical.

 

Ordinance Banning Pet Stores from Selling Rabbits: In 2013, BWF was instrumental in pushing the LA City Council to adopt an ordinance banning pet stores from selling rabbits from commercial breeders and limiting pet stores to selling animals obtained from shelters, humane societies and registered rescue groups. 

 

‘Bunnies for Puppies & Kitties’ Division: BWF formed “Bunnies for Puppies & Kitties” division that, through a collaborative effort with other solely cat/dog rescues, saved lives of over 500 dogs/cats from high-kill LA County & City shelters.

 

Investigations of Illegal Rabbit Breeding Operations: In 2014, BWF conducted several undercover investigations of illegal rabbit breeding operations in the City of LA that resulted in the discussion with the City Officials to bring about “(Shelter) Equity and Rabbit Equality”.   At the time many of the city ordinances, particularly those governing breeders, did not apply to the breeding or keeping of rabbits.  BWF presented various rabbit breeding cases before the LAAS Board of Commissioners and educated the public officials about much needed regulations and legislative changes in regards to keeping rabbits as pets.  In 2015 -2016 BWF continued to work with LAAS Board of Commissioners & PAWS to bring about more city ordinances related to protection of rabbits.

 

Advocacy Work: Shelter Equity and Rabbit Equality:  The uphill battle to amend the existing city ordinances that protect cats and dogs by adding/including the rabbits as beneficiaries to those laws is still very much alive.  However, a significant progress was made. BWF requested the amendment of the existing city ordinances that protect cats and dogs, by addition/inclusion of the rabbits as beneficiaries to those laws.

 

Outcomes/Positive Influence (Excerpts):

  • Nov 2014 – BWF campaigns for integrity, transparency and accountability. LAAS impounds 150 rabbits from Westchester following the harsh criticism of doing nothing in the “Califa” case.
  • Inclusion of rabbits in microchipping protocol at city shelters

http://patch.com/california/northridge/pet-rabbits-must-be-microchipped-city-council-decides

http://www.atvn.org/news/2014/10/city-council-approves-rabbit-microchipping-measure

  • April 2015 – Increase of rabbit adoption fees to cover microchipping.
  • August 2015 – Increase in the free spay/neuter certificate program voucher from $70 to $125 for dogs and rabbits.
  • August 2015 – Increase in the discount certificate from $30 to $50 for dogs and rabbits.

http://www.laanimalservices.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/08112015-agd.pdf

  • August 2015 *– Inclusion of rabbit sterilization in the “free city spay/neuter and discounted spay/neuter certificate programs.” (just like cats & dogs) -
  • *May 2016 – File 16-0114:  ; PAWC Committee Report:

Council Report: http://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2016/16-0114_CA_05-04-2016.pdf

https://cityclerk.lacity.org/lacityclerkconnect/index.cfm?fa=vcfi.dsp_CFMS_Report&rptid=99&cfnumber=16-0114    

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  • April 2016 – Inclusion of Rabbits in LAAS Microchipping protocol. In Feb 2016, BWF requested that LAAS implement the protocol. (02/20/2016 correspondence with Commissioner Zaft);

The most tangible evidence related to LAAS collaboration with the New Hope partners is the LAAS’ report “Outcome Totals for Rabbits by Fiscal Year” posted on the LAAS website.  Due to BWF’s participation New Hope placements increased; Intake Totals for rabbits decreased; and the euthanasia numbers decreased from 312 in 2013-2014 to 171 in 2014-2015 to 104 in 2015-2016 and 42 in 2016-2017. These numbers should continue to improve until LA is declared NO KILL Rabbit Zone.  Please visit the statistics. http://www.laanimalservices.com/pdf/reports/RabbitIntakeNOutcomes.pdf

 

Below are the official city records/excerpts of the BWF’s recent efforts to push for legislation and policies for rabbits to be treated equal to cats and dogs within Los Angeles Animal Services (“LAAS”) and the community. 

  • August 26, 2014:

http://www.laanimalservices.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/August-26-2014-minutes.pdf

http://www.laanimalservices.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/082614-Agenda.pdf

  • July 14, 2015:
  • August 1, 2015: Letter to the LAAS Board of Commissioners
  • August 11, 2015:

 2016 - RELEVANT BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MEETINGS & BWF INFLUENCE

  • DAILY RABBIT RED & BLUE ALERTS ENFORCED.

LAAS Agenda, January 22, 2016 – Minutes related to January 12, 2016 Meeting.

http://www.laanimalservices.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/01122016-meeting-minutes.pdf

Notes: Commissioner Zaft thanked BWF President for her work relocating shelter rabbits.

BWF President requested a rabbit meeting before Easter; questioned the status of free spay/neuter rabbit vouchers ordinance; reminded about agreement to amend the City Code; requested that BLUE alerts (medically alerted) be in effect also; said that BWF donated $500 worth air-conditioning unit to North Central (NC) Shelter for barn where bunnies were kept last summer; asked why bunnies got kicked out of the barn and are not being kept in-doors; mentioned remnants of illegal vendors in Santee Alley. Erica Goewey (BWF) reiterated that rabbits at NC are outside next to dog cages, some for two years or longer, exposed to cold and rain, feet being hurt on wires. “Let the bunnies back in!”

 

  • NORTH CENTRAL RABBITS TO MOVE INSIDE AND AWAY FROM THE DOGS.

LAAS Agenda, July 12, 2016 – Minutes related to June 28, 2016 Meeting.

http://www.laanimalservices.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/07122016-agd.pdf

Notes: $18k was designated from the Animal Welfare Trust Fund to pay for improvements to the rabbit facilities at various shelters. BWF President suggested that rabbits be socialized in a play pen area at NC; requested that rabbits be added to euthanasia reports; female rabbits to be spayed by specialty vets; wanted more specific reports about bunnies after being place with rescue groups. BWF Team brought up how illegal street vendors avoid authorities by moving across the street (LA County!); Pet stores in LA County selling un-weaned,  underaged, and unaltered rabbits; that rabbit breeders must be regulated; that rabbits are companion animals that deserve the same protection as cats and dogs; BWF President pressed that the City of LA should initiate the conversation with the LA County in regards to pet stores (Municipal Code 53.73), and that they should align their ordinances related to pet stores and illegal animals sales.

  • BREAKTHROUGH ON GETTING RABBITS LISTED AND SORTED SEPARATELY IN THE LAAS DATABASE.

 

  • AGREEMENT TO IMPROVE RABBIT NUTRITION AT SHELTERS, SPECIFICALLY TO ABANDON LAB RABBITS FOOD AND REPLACE WITH OXBOW TIMOTHY PELLETS.

LAAS Agenda, August 23, 2016 – Minutes related to August 9, 2016 Meeting

http://www.laanimalservices.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/08232016-agd.pdf

(08/26/2016 correspondence with LAAS GM Brenda Barnette)

Notes: BWF President brought up issues of 1) Increasing volume of LAAS rabbits pulled by BWF 2) medical issues related to WRONG food (pellets for lab rabbits!) fed to LAAS rabbits 3) Lack of SAFE spay/neuter low-cost vets where recently voted vouchers can be used 4) requested a report that will track bunnies including those who have been euthanized 5) requested more data for the rabbits; where they have been placed; desired list for spay/neuter vets for bunnies available for partners and new bunny owners 6) recounted botched spay/neuter surgeries performed on rabbits and suggested other animal hospitals willing to work LAAS for an increased reimbursement.