Pet rabbits are illegal in Queensland, Australia. Anyone that brings a rabbit into Queensland can be fined up to $40,000. Yet, pet rabbits are the most common illegal pet in Queensland and are increasing in numbers.
Tweed RSPCA is left with many rabbits to find homes for as people move interstate to Queensland.
A rabbit sanctuary in NSW rehomes pet rabbits - many from pet owners in Queensland whose neighbours have threatened to report them.
Queensland rabbit owners face the threat of being reported and fined (and having their pet confiscated and destroyed). They can be fearful of seeking treatment for their pet from the vet or to have their rabbit desexed. Desexed rabbits are illegal too.
My son Lachlan assisting photographer Ken with Bailey's photoshoot
Zoo Studio is a studio in Brisbane that specialises in animal photography. Ken, Zoo's chief photographer greeted us and we entered the photo studio for our two hour photo shoot. My son, Lachlan came along as an assistant. Bailey our dog, enthusiastically sniffed around these unfamiliar surroundings. Rocky, our cat, hid behind the curtains.
The studio is half black and half white - walls, floors and round couches for pets to pose on. If you swapped the round pet couches, it would resemble a yin and yan symbol. The white and black backdrops were to help create Zoo Studio's signature animal portraits - both pets and wildlife. Ken has photographed hundreds of animals including cats, dogs, birds and snakes. Zoo Studio has won numerous photography awards. The detail and colour in Ken's bird photography is stunning and includes birds in flight. Ken is a master at capturing individual personalities in his images.