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lolseh

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Here I think rabbits are more abused than piggies. I know Thistle Cavies can have alot of piggies in but the Scottish SPCA centres hardly ever have piggies on their website it's always rabbits or dogs. And alot of rats aswell one of the centres had 110 rats not long ago.
 
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Jillybean

I can totally believe this unfortunately.

Rabbits need so much more space to run around in which a lot of owners just don't even consider. Also I suspect a problem is that if you don't handle rabbits they can become territorial and it's more difficult to clean them out - lots of people just won't bother as much. I've always thought that rabbits are much more specialist pets than people think. It's so very sad.

My local rescue centre (rabbits) has an advert in every issue of the Trade It newspaper listing why rabbits are not easy pets and how much care they need. I hope it may have made a few people realise ...
 
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carrot_tit

Wouldn't you love 5 minutes alone in a room with some of these people >:(
 

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carrot_tit said:
Wouldn't you love 5 minutes alone in a room with some of these people >:(
yup with a machine gun and a baseball bat,oh and maybe a taser on full charge
 
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gothchick1515

I have 3 rabbits and they might not have a mansion of a hutch but they have the whole garden to run in all day every day (from around 6am - 8pm) and they are happy as a pig in mud! all exept Bobbin, she is lonely and just sits in the garden since she has been seperated due to fighting with the others, i can see how people cant cope because their care is demanding but they are like members of the family now just like the piggies although i can see how others get them for children, luckily my sister is a RSPCA inspector in the making nad i doubt she'd ever loose interest in her rabbits!
 
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Guinea-Tia-Flossie

Ah my favourite subject, bunnies!

I saw an article in the paper very similar to this 2 days ago. I am fairly new to keeping guineas, but i would consider myself almost an expert on rabbits. I have kept them since i was 12 and have been "bunny mad" ever since. I have read every book, studied them at uni and have learnt from my own experiences.

At present i have 20 rabbits, some from rescues and other i have breed (and kept them all)

I can totally see how many rabbits get neglected as all my furries take up most of my time, yet i would not change this for the world. While i love my guineas, my heart belongs to bunnies and it made me very upset to know that 100 rabbits are abondoned everyday!

People don't realise that when they are cute and fluffy and tiny in the pet shop, they will grow to about 5 times the size and are in their eyes 'no longer cute'
I was in a pet shop the other day and a family were deciding on a rabbit and said they didn't want a certain one because it was too big, so picked the same breed of bunny only it was smaller, and there was me thinking " well yes, because it's younger, it's still going to get bigger"...are people stupid or what?

Sorry to waffle on lol

Jeanette x
 
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maxthepig

Guinea-Tia-Flossie said:
Ah my favourite subject, bunnies!

I saw an article in the paper very similar to this 2 days ago. I am fairly new to keeping guineas, but i would consider myself almost an expert on rabbits. I have kept them since i was 12 and have been "bunny mad" ever since. I have read every book, studied them at uni and have learnt from my own experiences.

At present i have 20 rabbits, some from rescues and other i have breed (and kept them all)

I can totally see how many rabbits get neglected as all my furries take up most of my time, yet i would not change this for the world. While i love my guineas, my heart belongs to bunnies and it made me very upset to know that 100 rabbits are abondoned everyday!

People don't realise that when they are cute and fluffy and tiny in the pet shop, they will grow to about 5 times the size and are in their eyes 'no longer cute'
I was in a pet shop the other day and a family were deciding on a rabbit and said they didn't want a certain one because it was too big, so picked the same breed of bunny only it was smaller, and there was me thinking " well yes, because it's younger, it's still going to get bigger"...are people stupid or what?

Sorry to waffle on lol

Jeanette x
Hi Jeanette
I also really love rabbits.

Do you go on any rabbit forums? I really reccomend Rabbits United:

http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/index.php
 
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carrot_tit

Guinea-Tia-Flossie said:
I was in a pet shop the other day and a family were deciding on a rabbit and said they didn't want a certain one because it was too big, so picked the same breed of bunny only it was smaller, and there was me thinking " well yes, because it's younger, it's still going to get bigger"...are people stupid or what?

Sorry to waffle on lol
Jeanette x
Funny you should mention that. I was in a petshop the other day, you know the type of one you only visit when you are absolutely desperate! Anyway, i was stood looking at piggies and noticed a family admiring the rabbits. The little girl obviously wanted the small cute one but i was amazed that the store owner was telling them it would grow no bigger! I came up to them and asked the owner if it was a dwarf rabbit. He said no. I asked him if the large female sat next to it was it's mum. He said yes. So i said explain to me how that bunny won't get any bigger then! By this time the family were starting to look doubtful and the store owner actually said that if you keep them in a small cage they don't grow as large! I think he was confusing them for some sort of plant! Anyway i burst out laughing and said that was a load of crap and the store owner asked me to leave! I waited outside the store cos i was supposed to meet my mum there anyway and the family came out, without a bunny. I spoke with the mum for a bit and suggested that if she did want a small bunny she should get a dwarf one (I once had one and it was so cute) I also gave her the webiste address of rabbit rehome just in case there was any dwarf bunnies availble there!

Can you believe the shop owner though! Blatantly lying to their faces! I really must find out how you report pet shops, the ventilation in there is a complete disgrace!
 
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carrot_tit said:
Guinea-Tia-Flossie said:
I was in a pet shop the other day and a family were deciding on a rabbit and said they didn't want a certain one because it was too big, so picked the same breed of bunny only it was smaller, and there was me thinking " well yes, because it's younger, it's still going to get bigger"...are people stupid or what?

Sorry to waffle on lol
Jeanette x
Funny you should mention that. I was in a petshop the other day, you know the type of one you only visit when you are absolutely desperate! Anyway, i was stood looking at piggies and noticed a family admiring the rabbits. The little girl obviously wanted the small cute one but i was amazed that the store owner was telling them it would grow no bigger! I came up to them and asked the owner if it was a dwarf rabbit. He said no. I asked him if the large female sat next to it was it's mum. He said yes. So i said explain to me how that bunny won't get any bigger then! By this time the family were starting to look doubtful and the store owner actually said that if you keep them in a small cage they don't grow as large! I think he was confusing them for some sort of plant! Anyway i burst out laughing and said that was a load of crap and the store owner asked me to leave! I waited outside the store cos i was supposed to meet my mum there anyway and the family came out, without a bunny. I spoke with the mum for a bit and suggested that if she did want a small bunny she should get a dwarf one (I once had one and it was so cute) I also gave her the webiste address of rabbit rehome just in case there was any dwarf bunnies availble there!

Can you believe the shop owner though! Blatantly lying to their faces! I really must find out how you report pet shops, the ventilation in there is a complete disgrace!
you can report them to your council! Just tell them your concerns as they issue the licence and are obliged to follow a complaint up.
 
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carrot_tit

Oh right. I guess i thought i had to ring the RSPCA or something. I'll nip on my local council website and see if i can find the right page.

Don't you wish they would punish people who harm animals more appropiately. Mind you life sentances don't discourage people from murdering other people so what hope is there for animals when most judges don't view the crimes as seriously as they would if they were against a human.
 
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maxthepig

Yes my initial thought would always have been to call the RSPCA but if its not a cruelty case then it seems it may be better to call the council first....a couple of people on RU have done this and had a quick response.

Defiently agree about the punishments >:(
 
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