I’m paraphrasing of course, but I have had variations of that statement slung at me with all the might angry fingers tapping on a screen or pounding on a keyboard can muster recently, and I think it deserves some addressing.
Folks, change is hard for some. I get that. But change is also inevitable. The information we have today will be antiquated at some point, but that doesn’t make it LESS valid today.
In 1906, 118 years ago, we had to pass a FEDERAL LAW banning formaldehyde from our food supply, and just a few years prior to that one of the premier food safety experts and advocates of the time, John Newell Hurty, actually advocated for it’s inclusion in fresh milk as a preservative.
It only took him three short years to realize his error, and in 1901 he referenced formaldehyde as one of the root causes of over 400 Indiana infant and child deaths. It didn’t take him long after that to hail the 1850’s discovery of pasteurization as the better, safer option to chemical preservatives.
When we know better, we DO better….even if sometimes we resist or don’t understand the options we have.
For those rabbit owners who don’t take their rabbits anywhere, and never go places that large numbers of rabbits and rabbit owners are known to be, the liklihood that you will encounter a communicable disease are probably pretty slim.
The biosecurity measures you need to employ are absolutely going to be very different from mine, but that doesn’t mean everyone can do just what you do and enjoy that same slim probability of encountering communicable diseases.
Likewise, to suggest that “just because” RHDV2 has not been confirmed outside of the single property case in Medina, OH we can all “relax,” is highly presumptive, and in my opinion, terribly irresponsible.
The fact is, we STILL don’t know where the virus came from. And we certainly cannot assume it never left that Medina, OH property.
Until we know how it got to Ohio, we have to assume that it is still here and active in the United States. If we maintain our vigilance, employ strict biosecurity, and stop moving rabbits around the country, we can limit whatever impact it may have.
If I’m wrong, what have we lost?