Story: Rabbits

Spraying carrots with RHD

Spraying carrots with RHD

After the government refused to allow the release of either myxomatosis or rabbit haemorrhagic disease (RHD), some farmers illegally released RHD themselves. Later many regional councils spread RHD to ensure that its impact was as wide as possible. This operator is spraying a slurry containing the virus onto bait.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1998/0228/16A
Photograph by Craig Simcox

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Robert Peden, 'Rabbits - Biological control', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 May 2022)

Story by Robert Peden, published 24 Nov 2008