A windcheater bearing a picture of a dying rabbit is not pleasant,
but it is certainly confronting.
And that's what Marguerite Wegner has set out to do - confront people.
Ms Wegner of Riverton, unsuccessfully fought to stop the release of
the rabbit calicivirus disease (RCD) in Australia. She is now lobbying to
end its use.
Ms Wegner regularly corresponds with international scientists and says many
claimed Australian authorities were wrong to release RCD.
The scientists believed testing of the virus was inadequate and were
concerned it could spread to other animals and humans.
Ms Wegner said she circulated a pamphlet about RCD to local politicians.
She also has prepared a letter addressed to primary industries minister John
Anderson which calls for RCD to be deregistered as a veterinary product.
"I am doing this because I think there is a real need for public awareness about
rabbit haemorrhagic disease," Ms Wegner said.
"I also want people to know that New Zealand authorities recently decided
not to adopt RCD as a form of biological control because of risks to human
People interested in the RCD issue can contact Ms Wegner on 015 447 023.