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Authorized Rabbit Killings in Orange County City Prompt Petition

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A permit given to a Homeowners Association to rid their neighborhood of rabbits by allowing hunting has drawn some international attention. An online petition signed by 720 people around the world was delivered to Mission Viejo authorities this week. In it was one argument often heard about moving to Southern California.

"If they don't want their plants to be destroyed, and they choose to live in an area where there is wildlife that has been there long before them, they should plant things that (rabbits) don't eat," Janet Garen, the petitioner, said.

The city has deflected saying it's an HOA issue and those boardmembers say they discussed the rabbit issue for two years before coming to a decision. The city permit allows for rabbit slaying to take place 30 minutes after sunset and 30 minutes before sunrise.