1. Welcome Hearth.com Guests and Visitors - Please enjoy our forums!
    Hearth.com GOLD Sponsors who help bring the site content to you:
    Hearthstone Soapstone and Cast-Iron stoves( Wood, Gas or Pellet Stoves and Inserts)

Annual appeal- don't buy a rabbit

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by Adios Pantalones, Mar 25, 2013.

  1. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    May 20, 2008
    Messages:
    6,446
    Loc:
    S.NH- Mass's smoking section
    Before someone that thinks they are super original and funny makes a joke about eating them, or even tries to derail this into a serious talk about farming them I will say that you're neither original nor funny, just annoying. I'm posting this to give a little push to anyone thinking about it- buy a chocolate rabbit.


    There re a ton of reasons not to buy a pet store rabbit for your kids this Easter, but suffice to say- you wouldn't keep a dog in a cage 20+ hours a day. They live over ten years if neutered and cared for, or a tough less than 2 on average for others.

    image.jpg
    DevilsBrew, tbuff, Jack Straw and 2 others like this.

    Helpful Sponsor Ads!





  2. scooby074

    scooby074 Feeling the Heat

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2011
    Messages:
    393
    Loc:
    Nova Scotia
    But they ARE tasty..no joke.
  3. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    May 20, 2008
    Messages:
    6,446
    Loc:
    S.NH- Mass's smoking section
    That didn't take long.
    Seasoned Oak likes this.
  4. stoveguy2esw

    stoveguy2esw Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2006
    Messages:
    5,995
    Loc:
    madison hgts. va
    neighbor raises rabbits. i have more pets than i need as it is , any rabbit i get for easter will either be a product of cocoa, or destined for a pot.

    ":impulse pets" (easter bunnines, baby gators, painted turtles, hermit crabs and the like ) are a horrible idea, for every one that ends up in a "pound" several end up in a landfill due to neglect or the victim of a person simply not having a bloody clue how to properly care for an exotic animal. ask the folks down in south florida how much they enjoy pythons and monitors and the like in their yard, and snakeheads in their rivers. all because people cant have a damned dog like everyone else. its a wonder we dont have cobra's and such to worry about
    ScotO, daveswoodhauler and Scols like this.
  5. nate379

    nate379 Guest

    If you say so. Rabbits are livestock, not pets. Just the same as ducks, geese, chickens, pigs, etc, etc, etc. Give them food and water till they get fat and then to the chopping block and in my tummy!
    Shane N, ScotO, Swedishchef and 3 others like this.
  6. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    May 20, 2008
    Messages:
    6,446
    Loc:
    S.NH- Mass's smoking section
    Exactly. People figure that a rabbit is like a hamster that maybe lives a few years, but when given some space and the right care they are crazy, fun, and interactive. Mine would hop over and nudge you looking for raisins, would climb on you, wanted to play certain games etc. people were very surprised. Restricting to a cage, not giving the care they need out of just not understanding them leads to neglect or worse.
    charly likes this.
  7. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    May 20, 2008
    Messages:
    6,446
    Loc:
    S.NH- Mass's smoking section
    I am talking about pets.
  8. nate379

    nate379 Guest

    Don't turn non-pets into pets? I wouldn't keep a bear or caribou in my house, why would I keep a rabbit?

  9. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    May 20, 2008
    Messages:
    6,446
    Loc:
    S.NH- Mass's smoking section
    Nate, If you were unaware that they are a popular pet, then consider yourself informed.
  10. nate379

    nate379 Guest

    No I'm quite aware, that's why I said people shouldn't turn them into pets. The kid a few houses down got one for Easter last year and it got loose this fall. I see it every few days but never had a clear shot. Damn thing has been eating the valve stems off all my tires and got into my duck's feed! I guess that's how it survived the winter?

  11. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2005
    Messages:
    29,128
    Loc:
    Northern Virginia
    Now that you bring it up. On the subject of farming...

    Oh never mind. Good advice about the rabbits. Same goes for chicks.
  12. stoveguy2esw

    stoveguy2esw Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2006
    Messages:
    5,995
    Loc:
    madison hgts. va
    nothing wrong with having a pet rabbit, as long as its properly cared for.
    billb3 likes this.
  13. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    May 20, 2008
    Messages:
    6,446
    Loc:
    S.NH- Mass's smoking section
    Right, and that includes things like- as much hay as they can eat, warmth, a large area to live, and neutering. Without spaying, a female rabbit has like 80% chance of cancer.
  14. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2005
    Messages:
    29,128
    Loc:
    Northern Virginia
    [​IMG]
    ScotO, Defiant, jdp1152 and 7 others like this.
  15. Gary_602z

    Gary_602z Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2009
    Messages:
    930
    Loc:
    Lake Odessa,MI
    Unfortunately it happens a lot to dogs and cats also!

    Gary
    Adios Pantalones and PapaDave like this.
  16. homebrewz

    homebrewz Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2005
    Messages:
    975
    Loc:
    East Central, NY
    That's very interesting. I was just about to ask why, but I decided to look it up.
    http://www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk/resources/content/info-sheets/uterine.htm
    Adios Pantalones likes this.
  17. homebrewz

    homebrewz Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2005
    Messages:
    975
    Loc:
    East Central, NY
    Similar things happen to dogs with certain movies.. for instance, every time they re-release 101 Dalmatians. Just ask folks who are involved with dalmatian rescue.
    Adios Pantalones likes this.
  18. Paulywalnut

    Paulywalnut Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2012
    Messages:
    2,212
    Loc:
    Kennett Square, PA
    I'll stick with chocolate bunnies.
    Adios Pantalones likes this.
  19. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2005
    Messages:
    49,787
    Loc:
    South Puget Sound, WA

    11 yr old bunny? That fellow has already outlived his ancestors.
  20. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2008
    Messages:
    15,662
    Loc:
    Unity/Bangor, Maine
    Sorry to say that growing up my parents were not good with their pets . . . the dogs we owned were always kept outside and chained up . . . and I mean that literally . . . actually chained. They rarely were let off their run.

    We also had a few rabbits growing up . . . I don't recall, but I suspect we got them around Easter . . . and like the PSA above, sadly the rabbit was pretty much just kept cooped up in a 2 x 6 cage all year long.

    We had some cats who were allowed to come inside . . . but the idea of spaying and neutering the cats or even taking them to the vet was a foreign idea.

    Needless to say, my wife and I are do not treat our "pets" in this way . . . the five cats we have are taken to the vets, kept inside and well . . . to be honest . . . treated like kids.

    Thanks for the post AP.
  21. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    May 20, 2008
    Messages:
    6,446
    Loc:
    S.NH- Mass's smoking section
    My 3 died at 11, 12 and 12. Had to put 2 down myself- that was tough. They were pretty crazy.
  22. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2005
    Messages:
    49,787
    Loc:
    South Puget Sound, WA
    We lost ours around 7-8 yrs old. I had to put them down too. No fun for sure.
    Adios Pantalones likes this.
  23. MishMouse

    MishMouse Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2008
    Messages:
    782
    Loc:
    Verndale, MN
    Any one getting a pet should never do it out of impulse.

    With the number of Dalmations put down after the movie came out Cruella Devil could have made a full Dalmation clothing line.
    I wonder how many Clown fish got flushed after Finding Nemo?

    Since I live in the country, people from town like dropping off their stray cats in my area causing a major influx of feral cats. One of the neighbors looks at them as barn cats, and feeds them in the winter. In the summer these same cats get at my chickens, the first year we lost 6 of our 7 laying hens, last year 3 cats died of lead poising and we only lost chicken due to a (hawk/owl).

    My 8 year old daughter wanted a puppy for Christmas, I got her one of course.
    It has a little bone that controls it, you press one button it barks, another button it walks, and another button it sits.
    It lasted about a month before the cord wires became disconnected from her swinging it around, now it works occasionally.
    And she wonders why I will not get her a real one.... yeah right...... :rolleyes:
    Adios Pantalones likes this.
  24. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2006
    Messages:
    15,269
    Loc:
    Northern IL
    AP - is there really an adoption market for bunnies? Sincere question.
  25. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    May 20, 2008
    Messages:
    6,446
    Loc:
    S.NH- Mass's smoking section
    Yes. There are many rescue societies that neuter and adopt them. Our 3 were rescues. They were all litter trained.

    An aside: We used wood pellets as litter, and spread it on the garden when we cleaned the boxes. Some people talk of getting them just for litter as the crap is one of only a few that can be used directly, but skip the rabbit and just use the food. Rabbit food is more efficient and cheaper, without having a critter to care for.

    The 2 big groups

    http://rabbit.org/
    http://www.rabbitnetwork.org/

Share This Page