The letter titled “Please help the bunnies on Rabbit Island” by Miah in the Aug. 25 issue moved me. First and foremost, Miah, how considerate you are to care about the rabbits. In fact, I had a Lionhead rabbit named Ringo (Apple in Japanese) 10 years ago, so your story brought back sweet memories. Hence, I understand well your concern.
Rabbit Island (Okunoshima in Hiroshima Prefecture) is now a popular tourist destination. Despite the rapid expansion of the tourism industry and its benefit to the economy, there is a dark side for the rodent inhabitants of the island. Now they don’t know how to look for food and water by themselves, relying instead on being fed by visitors. As a result, they’re suffering ill health.
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