Why New Zealand is releasing a rabbit-killing virus

Why New Zealand is releasing a rabbit-killing virus

New Zealand is planning to release a rabbit virus across the country, in an attempt to cull the ballooning wild population.
Wild rabbits are seen as a pest in parts of the country and the virus, known as RHDV1-K5, will be released from March.
Farming groups have welcomed the move while others have raised concerns including the risk it may pose to pet rabbits.
Why are rabbits such a big problem in New Zealand? Rabbits were introduced to New Zealand around the 1830s and have long created problems for farmers.
Wild rabbits compete with livestock for pasture and also cause land damage from... read more

28 February 2018 in World News, Views: 43
Source: BBC

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