I was on Linked In the other day and an article came across my feed from one of my Animal Activist connections that talked about "Laboratory Testing on Rabbits". Now as someone who considers themselves an expert in Holland Lops and a pretty well versed understanding of the bunny world in general, I was pretty baffled to see how vigorously the third most popular pet in the world was used for the most cruel type of lab testing there could possibly be. Additionally, I was surprised at the amount of bunny farms there are in the United States, roughly 5,000, used for Fur and Meat at a net profit ratio that is so low and unregulated that you could make more money literally taking a job at $15 dollars an hour minimum wage and make more money without torturing a pet. I quickly want to add, lets make no mistake, bunnies in this day and age should be used to be domesticated pets to make lives better, and for that reason only. So how can that be, and why would it occur then? The answer is it funnels to Multi-Billion Dollar Industries which are Pharma and Fashion. These industries have lawyers by the hundreds and will crush any non-profit group that stands in their way, it is unfortunately the honest truth and the way capitalism works. How can it can be countered? To this point it has not, and will continue to not, but if we can put a face of the owner of the pet bunny like the little girl who's parents got her a pet bunny pictured above, maybe the narrative can be altered as a point of starting by humanizing bunnies into the category of cats and dogs. To give you a breakdown of what does occur to these bunnies, and I use bunnies as often as possible because the word rabbit in my opinion devalues them as how great of a pet they are and favors them as more consistent to a "Lab Rat". Click READ MORE below:
"PURPLE LEASH PROJECT"
Purina has launched the "Purple Leash Project". This is a focus on the barrier that is sometimes created when you are a pet owner and it gets in the way of leaving your abuser. This could be having to leave your pet in danger and feeling forced to stay for their sake, or threatening your pet by your abuser if you leave. The focus is to help the victim escape the situation with their pet and them staying together. Three months ago there was a story relayed to us where a woman's boyfriend beat her and stomped her pet bunny to death. At the time, she wanted this to be posted to our Instagram but was a very heart wrenching, descriptive, story that at the time was very morbid. On a positive note, with this launch going public, we want to help! If you are the owner of a pet bunny that you need kept in a safe environment until you escape your abusive situation, please call and we will board your bunny in a home setting for absolutely no charge for up to a week to help you escape your current situation. All names will be completely anonymous and not displayed anywhere. All calls will remain internal solely with myself and no other staff members. You will also receive a video daily to bring your spirits up when going through this trying time. I wish we could board all pets, unfortunately we are only equipped for pet bunnies. WE ARE HERE FOR YOU IF YOU NEED...
Wishing the Entire World All of Our Love,
Matthew- Co-Owner of Lovely Bunny's
Phone; (973) 330-2928
Although we at Lovely Bunny's stay extremely interactive via call or text the first days you take your bunny home especially, it is certainly beneficial to have a breakdown of the best way to continue personality development, litter training, and bonding most efficiently in the initial days of introduction without having to worry about creating set backs, and rather just continue a seamless transition. Fortunately, the steps are extremely simple to follow, the only catch is you need to be aware of effectively implementing them in the proper manner. Click READ MORE below to view all the eight steps that can make your bunny feel like it has been with your family for years.
***Bunny pictured still available! Bunny with adorable little girl went home with her family yesterday!
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While consolidation continues, all Breeders do not take the same amount of pride in breeding happy, healthy bunnies. This is continuing to change as the internet spreads more accurate information. Before reaching out to a breeder here are some key pre-scanning tools you can use to verify if this step you are about to take is the correct one.
First, do a scan of Social Media, if you see videos of adults and babies on their page that is packed with a ton of content, it is a good sign but by all means NOT a complete "Green Light".
Next Proceed to the website. If the website is highly developed with customer videos, pictures, and reviews that are not "Pirated" this is another sign that you are on the right track.
On the Website look through all the information given. Look to see if the website took years to develop, or was created in a two week span and simply has a few site pages to visit, and a contact us via email. Look for a Bunny Care Page and Blog Page that are not simply just copy and pasted from other websites.
Following the previous step, look for transparency, accessibility to reach at any point by phone call, and equally as important see how much effort is put into the Blog. Believe it or not if there are a large amount of Blog articles on Rabbit Treatment, Rabbit health, and more articles to expand education, it does give quite an indication on how much time is put into the business as a whole.
Lastly, make sure there is a customer protective Sales Policy. This is a huge indication into how well the breeder knows they have healthy bunnies going to their owners, especially if they recommend a wellness check. A Breeder selling unhealthy bunnies would not want their bunnies going anywhere near a Vet for obvious reasons, and would also not have a health guarantee.
Once you feel comfortable to make the phone call to inquire it is now time to run down the 10 questions list.