[7 November/ Farmers Weekly]

The Ministry for Primary Industries has received an application for RHD-K5- a new Korean strain of the rabbit killing rabbit haemorrhagic disease released in 1997. MPI Audit, Assurance and Monitoring Systems Director Allan Kinsella said the MPI would consider the benefits to the agricultural sector and identification and management of risks to animal welfare, agricultural impacts, trade and public health matters associated with the virus, including consideration of the dangers posed to non-target animals such as pet rabbits. The new application was responding to the initial strain losing its effectiveness in controlling rabbit numbers. Public consultation is open and closes on December 14.