It’s International Rabbit Day! This weekend is dedicated to promoting the well-being of rabbits everywhere- from pet rabbits, to wild rabbits, to lab rabbits, and more.
How can we as rabbit lovers make a difference in a rabbit’s life? Here are a few ways:
- Make sure you are providing a safe, healthy, enriching indoor home for your pet rabbit. Take a look at our Rabbit Care and Rabbit Behavior sections for information about proper diet, indoor housing, bunny proofing, enrichment, and more. Our article, How to Care for a Pet Rabbit, provides a basic overview. Share the article with other rabbit owners!
- Boycott and/or peacefully protest companies and organizations whose practices exploit rabbits (from product testing, to selling rabbit meat, to fur-farming, to conducting rabbit rodeos/scrambles, etc.).
- Support cruelty-free companies. Look for the Leaping Bunny logo on products. You can do a product search here.
What will you do to celebrate International Rabbit Day?
Carnival Cruise Lines recently started “Adventures in Dining” which offers an “exotic” item each night on the dinner menu including braised rabbit.
There is a petition on Change.org prompting Carnival and their sister lines Princess and Costa to remove rabbit from their menu.
Learn more and sign the petition here >
In 2009, we were introduced to a story about Carolyn Schapper, an Army sergeant who took a rabbit into her care. (See the post here) She recently update her story on 0-Dark-Thirty, the literary magazine of the Veterans Writing Project. You can read the conclusion to her time with her rabbit, CIB, here, but a word of warning for our bunny-lovers, it doesn’t end well.
On August 17, 2014, there will be a National Day of Action in protest of Whole Foods selling rabbit meat. This event is happening across the nation.
For more info and a list of cities that are participating visit:
The San Diego House Rabbit Society recently opened a brand new shelter for their adoptable bunnies! See their new facility near the beach in this video:
San Diego, California News Station – KFMB Channel 8 – cbs8.com
The San Diego House Rabbit Society is a volunteer-driven, nonprofit rabbit welfare organization that works with local shelters and humane societies to care for and find homes for abandoned domestic rabbits. All rabbits are spayed or neutered, litter box trained, and adopted to homes where they live as indoor family companions.
Learn more at their website >
Amy Sedaris with her rabbit Dusty.
Comedian, actress, and house rabbit advocate Amy Sedaris recently gave an interview in Style Magazine. She spoke about her rabbit Dusty, who recently passed away at 12 years old, Tattletale, her first rabbit, as well as general tidbits about living with house rabbits. Here are some highlights.
Regarding her friend, Stephen Colbert:
“Stephen wasn’t crazy about getting a rabbit. His kids wanted one and he didn’t want the responsibility, but he got a little black bunny, who actually just had its leg amputated. And I went over to his house and was like, ‘Stephen! You’re doing everything wrong!’ and I sent him hay and books and information. Now the rabbit is doing really well!”
On pampering her bunnies:
“One time on Strangers, we did an Indians episode. I brought the tepee back to my apartment, and Tattletale lived in that for a while.”
On rabbit behavior:
“Give them any kind of cardboard to chew on. They love it. They chew everything. My rabbits chewed my shoes and the side of my bed. They shredded my bed skirts. All of my clothes still have holes. If you really love your rabbit, you won’t care.”
Read the full article at Style.com.
The latest Emergency Rescue Grant from the House Rabbit Society was awarded to Napa Humane Society and the student chapter of the UC Davis Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association to help pay for spays and neuters of 27 rabbits rescued from a field near the Fairfield landfill in Solano County, California.
If you would like to help rescue efforts like these, you can donate to the House Rabbit Society towards their Emergency Rescue Grant program. Learn more >
One bunny archaeologist at Land’s End. Photo by: David Chapman Photography for Land’s End Landmark.
While constructing their intricate warrens, wild rabbits living on Land’s End, the westernmost point in England, recently unearthed some rare ancient treasures.
Big Heritage, a nonprofit archaeology organization, went on to conduct a thorough investigation of the site. The group found flint tools, hide scrapers and arrowheads that dated back at least 5,000 years.
“It’s amazing how a family of rabbits have set in motion an incredible journey of discovery. Within the immediate vicinity of Land’s End, we were able to see a visible timeline of Britain, stretching deep into prehistory,” says Big Heritage’s Dean Paton. “Whilst the landscape will have changed considerably over time, it’s likely that the stunning natural beauty of the site would have always been significant to humans.”
Read more about the discovery at History.com.
If you’ve done your homework and determined that you and your family are ready to welcome a rabbit into your home, then consider adoption!
Rabbit rescues and animal shelters are continually overrun with homeless rabbits. There are bunnies of all ages, shapes, and sizes just waiting for their forever homes. A shelter volunteer can help match you up with just the right bunny (or pair of bonded bunnies).
Plus, adopting a rabbit from a rescue or shelter doesn’t just benefit the bunny. Many rescues litter train the rabbits in their care and acclimate them (if needed) to living inside the home. Further, if the rabbits are mature enough, most rescues will have the rabbits neutered/spayed. This will save you money on vet bills for the procedure.
To find out more reasons to adopt a rabbit from a shelter as opposed to purchasing one from a breeder or pet store, see our article, “Benefits of Adopting a Pet Rabbit.”
If you’re ready to find a bunny in your area, you can start with PetFinder or you can check out the House Rabbit Society website for links to all of their regional chapters.
Small Pet Select is offering a free bunny wrap ring with any purchase of hay or pellets! Just use the coupon code BUNNYRING at checkout. This adorable ring normally retails for $15.95.
To take advantage of the special, go to Small Pet Select and choose any size hay or pellets. At checkout, enter the coupon code BUNNYRING. This coupon code will apply the Bunny Wrap Ring to your order, free of charge. Once you proceed through checkout, Small Pet Select will send you a tracking number for your package.
To learn more about Small Pet Select, read our review of their timothy hay: Hay Day for Coco and Cosette.