Aucklanders Elaine Cowlin and Dylan Lewis have been ordered by the Environment Court to reduce their rabbit population from about 300 to 16, at their property in suburban Mt Eden, Stuff reports. The court’s order, issued in late June, came after neighbours’ complaints, including that the rabbits’ food and faeces is attracting vermin, causing an odour, and adversely affecting their property values. Since the decision was handed down, the pair has removed about 200 rabbits, with just under a month left to get rid of about 100 more. If the couple fails to do so by August 2, Auckland Council may enter the property and dispose of the rabbits.
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