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kayjay

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Just popped for a nose on cavyclassified and noticed the site owner is refusing to allow advertising of skinny pigs so they don't fall into the wrong hands.

Interesting ..... begs the question if they should be bred at all if they need that much specialist care that even a site selling cavies won't sell them

I just hope if they stay in the exotic side of guineapig breeding then owners who seek them out will give them appropriate care and they won't end up in rescue
 

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why did i just read that as " erotic " and not exotic :o
 

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Sars1359 said:
why did i just read that as " erotic " and not exotic :o
;D ;D ;D just got a mental picture then of erotic guineapigs :D
 
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Beaney

That is interesting - I guess it is a good thing that it is being recognised that specialist care is required and I think if they are hard to get hold of, the people who go through the effort of obtaining a skinny will have hopefully really done their research first.

The problem is, it is one of those things that 'remains to be seen'. I guess no one knows whether the skinnies will end up in rescues (and how many) until it starts happening.....

and Sars1359 - you have a dirty mind :D ;) ;D
 
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SkinnyLover

Skinnies are being kept out of the spotlight to encourage research, if someone is determined to get one they will find one, hopefully after some searching. I ask how long people have been looking for a skinny and what they have learnt before I agree to add them to my waitinglist
 
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SkinnyLover said:
Skinnies are being kept out of the spotlight to encourage research, if someone is determined to get one they will find one, hopefully after some searching. I ask how long people have been looking for a skinny and what they have learnt before I agree to add them to my waitinglist
Sorry if this is a silly question - but what sort of research?
 

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I'm not sure, but skinny pigs are adorable ;D I met SkinnyLover's on Saturday and they were sooo cute (and tiny, they were three weeks old I think..)
 

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Beaney said:
That is interesting - I guess it is a good thing that it is being recognised that specialist care is required and I think if they are hard to get hold of, the people who go through the effort of obtaining a skinny will have hopefully really done their research first.

The problem is, it is one of those things that 'remains to be seen'. I guess no one knows whether the skinnies will end up in rescues (and how many) until it starts happening.....

and Sars1359 - you have a dirty mind :D ;) ;D

lol i know,its just...well...ill hush ;)
 
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GPQ

The owner of CavyClassifieds has indeed got a Skinny herself and there has been long discussions between myself and others who own Skinnys into the welfare and care this special breed need. Capy my skinny, is a gorgeous little girly. She eats like a horse and demands a lot of attention, I have heard rumours that Pets At Home what to get a breeder to supply them with Skinnys, charge over £150 each! This along has worried Skinny owners.
I have also read a post recently of someone in the UK wanting to start of breeding Baldwin (totally hairless), this person only had one experience of a litter and I personally think is after the money! I personally would love to have a litter of baby Skinny's but I have decent not to breed Capy and get another female Skinny to live with her, the hairy sows wont leave her alone, they kiss her back and pull on her ears, lol.

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GPQ said:
The owner of CavyClassifieds has indeed got a Skinny herself and there has been long discussions between myself and others who own Skinnys into the welfare and care this special breed need. Capy my skinny, is a gorgeous little girly. She eats like a horse and demands a lot of attention, I have heard rumours that Pets At Home what to get a breeder to supply them with Skinnys, charge over £150 each! This along has worried Skinny owners.
I have also read a post recently of someone in the UK wanting to start of breeding Baldwin (totally hairless), this person only had one experience of a litter and I personally think is after the money! I personally would love to have a litter of baby Skinny's but I have decent not to breed Capy and get another female Skinny to live with her, the hairy sows wont leave her alone, they kiss her back and pull on her ears, lol.

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Oh gosh, lets hope P@H don't get skinnies in to sell. They're just starting to sell (neutered) Giant and French Lop rabbits for £150 :o which means inevitably that they'll start filtering into rescues soon. At least if they're expensive they'll hopefully not be impulse buys. I haven't seen longhaired pigs in P@H yet but I'm sure it'll come.

Whether skinny pigs should have been bred is irrelevant, they're here to stay and we need to campaign against the sale to people who are just looking for a novelty pig alongside increasing the knowledge of caring for them to genuine people who want one as a much loved addition to their piggies.
 
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Research like how they need special care, to be kept out of drafts how they are prone to skin complaints etc
 

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kayjay said:
GPQ said:
The owner of CavyClassifieds has indeed got a Skinny herself and there has been long discussions between myself and others who own Skinnys into the welfare and care this special breed need. Capy my skinny, is a gorgeous little girly. She eats like a horse and demands a lot of attention, I have heard rumours that Pets At Home what to get a breeder to supply them with Skinnys, charge over £150 each! This along has worried Skinny owners.
I have also read a post recently of someone in the UK wanting to start of breeding Baldwin (totally hairless), this person only had one experience of a litter and I personally think is after the money! I personally would love to have a litter of baby Skinny's but I have decent not to breed Capy and get another female Skinny to live with her, the hairy sows wont leave her alone, they kiss her back and pull on her ears, lol.

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Oh gosh, lets hope P@H don't get skinnies in to sell. They're just starting to sell (neutered) Giant and French Lop rabbits for £150 :o which means inevitably that they'll start filtering into rescues soon. At least if they're expensive they'll hopefully not be impulse buys. I haven't seen longhaired pigs in P@H yet but I'm sure it'll come.

Whether skinny pigs should have been bred is irrelevant, they're here to stay and we need to campaign against the sale to people who are just looking for a novelty pig alongside increasing the knowledge of caring for them to genuine people who want one as a much loved addition to their piggies.

omg £150? :o
 
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I have saw with my very own eyes the Frenchie(French Lops) being advertised for sale in Pets At Home.

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cavykind

Sorry if this is going off topic...
But why does anyone think they are selling the rabbits already neutered...welfare issue or something else?

Barbara
 

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cavykind said:
Sorry if this is going off topic...
But why does anyone think they are selling the rabbits already neutered...welfare issue or something else?

Barbara
I'm not sure, I find it hard to believe that P@H have suddenly sprung a conscience about selling animals that will breed more. I'll ask on RU and see what people say, one girl has links with Head Office and can often find out stuff.
 
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cavykind

kayjay said:
cavykind said:
Sorry if this is going off topic...
But why does anyone think they are selling the rabbits already neutered...welfare issue or something else?

Barbara
I'm not sure, I find it hard to believe that P@H have suddenly sprung a conscience about selling animals that will breed more. I'll ask on RU and see what people say, one girl has links with Head Office and can often find out stuff.
Thank you, I'd be genuinely interested to know.

Barbara
 
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or could it be they are buying the frenchies for peanuts , selling them for loads & dont want any one eles to make the sort of profit they are?

oh dear am i getting synical?

as for skinny pigs i guess if there is money to be made thenm SOME people will make it regardless of ethics ect, i have had many an enconter with the results of 'fad' pets , use to have a dalmation & OES !
 

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They can be bought in the free ads for between £20 and £50, so theres plenty of profit in them. My local p@h had a french lop for sale at £150 it was massive so obviously not a baby, at the time I went in, there was a sign saying he was not for sale at the moment, but they were taking enquires? maybe they are taking bookings from people. As I said he was'nt a baby. I wonder if people realise that their average life span is less than half that of a small rabbit. And the size of the cage they would need, and all that poop! Not a childs pet by any means. hopefully the price will put people off them, and if skinnies ever come to the pet shops hopefully they will be ridiculous prices too.
 
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hopfully th pric will put popl off thm, an if skinnis vr com to th pt shops hopfully thy will b riiculous prics too.
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I agr it will put som popl off, but I prsonally think that it will ncourag othrs. If popl s skinny pigs for sal at say £100, thy will o som quick mntal arithmtic an think that if thy spn £200 on a pair, thy will b abl to mak quit a profit in not too long a prio.

I o think that [colorr]som skinny brrs will b kn to kp this animals to thmslvs for lss than altruistic rasons. Kp thm "rar" an thir montary valu rmains high :-\ An th rarr somthing is, human natur bing what it is...thr will b mor man an so it gos ::)

Just my thoughts...

Barbara
 
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cavykind said:
kayjay said:
cavykind said:
Sorry if this is going off topic...
But why does anyone think they are selling the rabbits already neutered...welfare issue or something else?

Barbara
I'm not sure, I find it hard to believe that P@H have suddenly sprung a conscience about selling animals that will breed more. I'll ask on RU and see what people say, one girl has links with Head Office and can often find out stuff.
Thank you, I'd be genuinely interested to know.

Barbara
The general consensus is that it's being done to prevent unwanted pregnancy and breeding

http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/viewtopic.php?t=35285&highlight=
 
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