Don’t expect to see bunnies at this year’s Interior Provincial Exhibition (IPE).
The annual fair in Armstrong, B.C., said it has decided to cancel its rabbit exhibit this year over concerns about rabbit hemorrhagic disease.
“It’s a very aggressive disease that is easily carried from people, other rabbits, etc. We wouldn’t want any rabbits to be in danger of contracting this horrible virus disease,” the IPE Association said in a statement.
The IPE expects to resume the rabbit exhibit next year.
The provincial Ministry of Agriculture said, “Rabbit hemorrhagic disease is an extremely infectious and lethal disease that causes internal bleeding and organ damage in rabbits.”
The province said as of mid-April, rabbits from Comox, Courtenay, Delta, Nanaimo, Parksville and Richmond had tested positive for the disease.
The IPE is scheduled to go ahead Aug. 29 to Sept. 2 in Armstrong.