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Bob Barker Advocates Being a Caring Consumer


(Note: The video contains images of animal testing.)

Watch the Public Service Announcement above featuring Bob Barker and his bunny pal Benny, which discusses the importance of using personal care and household products that are not tested on animals.

To view a list of cruelty-free companies (and a list of companies that DO test on animals that you should avoid), see PETA’s searchable database of companies.

Japanese Earless Bunny

An earless bunny in Japan is sparking up debate about whether we are seeing signs of mutation as a result of the Fukushima nuclear site’s meltdown back in March. I wasn’t going to post since I felt like the sample size of one rabbit wasn’t sufficient to back up these claims, especially since we’ve posted in the past about another earless rabbit named Vincent Van Gogh.

But the video of the white bunny was cute, so here it is:

For more information, see:
AOL Weird News
MSNBC’s Cosmic Log

It’s Rabbit Awareness Week!

Rabbit Awareness Week logoFor all the bunny lovers in the UK, this week is a wonderful time to learn more about proper rabbit care and get free health checkups.

It’s Rabbit Awareness Week (RAW) from May 23 – May 29, 2011!

Here are a few facts about pet bunnies:

  • Rabbits can be litterbox trained.
  • Rabbits need space to run and play everyday. In fact, many rabbit owners opt to let their bunnies have free reign all the time in a bunny-proofed room or entire home. They don’t actually need to be caged.
  • Rabbits’ main diet should be hay (not pellets!). Hay should be available to rabbits at all times so they can graze when they want.
  • Most rabbits don’t like being held. They prefer that you sit down with them at their level.
  • Spaying/neutering your rabbit is essential. When spayed/neutered, rabbits become less aggressive and territorial, males stop spraying, litterbox habits improve, there are no accidental babies, and cancer risk decreases significantly.

Watch an adorable video from the RSPCA of how rabbits act when they’re not stuck in a hutch all day:

To find out which places are offering free health checkups and other rabbit-related events, go to the event locator on the Rabbit Awareness Week website.

To learn more about rabbit care, see:

Rabbit Organizations Band Together to Save 79 Rabbits

After a Florida rabbit breeder appeared on the news saying she was broke and would be forced to sell all 79 of her rabbits to a zoo as snake food, first euthanizing them with a homemade gas chamber, several rabbit rescues came together to help. The rescues raised money to provide the woman with the $8/bunny that was promised by the zoo and picked the bunnies up yesterday to be transported to various foster homes and shelters throughout the eastern US.

See the original news story of the breeder and a followup story.

Although the rescues have raised enough money for the “bailout”, they still need donations to reimburse costs for transportation, spay and neuter, and general care of these rabbits. Learn more about this rescue mission and donate to their cause at BunnyTransport.com.

Organizations involved with this mass rescue are:

Basketball Bunnies

Charles Barkley holdng a rabbit

Johna Mennone from the North Georgia House Rabbit Society shares some tips with Charles Barkley as he holds one of the shelter bunnies.

Two volunteers and two bunnies from the North Georgia House Rabbit Society visited with basketball greats Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, and Chris Webber on the show “Inside the NBA” to share some bunny facts on Easter Sunday.

Watch the Video on NBA.com »

[via House Rabbit Society]

British Rabbit Show Jumping

The Burgess Premier Small Animal Show was held over the weekend in Harrogate, Yorkshire and featured a new rabbit jumping event, which attracted newer competitors from England and veteran jumpers from Sweden. The clip above features a champion rabbit show jumper named Flora from Sweden.

Other clips showcased less elegant rounds where bunnies crouched down refusing to jump over the hurdles, ran around/away from the hurdles, or knocked the bars down with their noses.

For more info:

BBC.co.uk
YorkPress.co.uk

Hen Babysits Litter of Bunnies

Bunny mom with babysitter henAt Staglands Wildlife Reserve near Wellington, New Zealand, staff went to check for eggs under one of their silky bantam hens and instead found a litter of four baby bunnies.

The mother rabbit, who was out in the parklands, doesn’t mind the avian babysitter.

According to Jayson Davis, who discovered the babies, “The mother rabbit has no problem with it. They only feed once a day which is usually at night time but I have occasionally seen her in there with the chicken herself, and the babies. It doesn’t seem to be a lot of room in there but there’s never any bickering.”

Learn more at TVNZ.

Maryland Rabbit Hoarding

This case really shows the importance of spaying/neutering your pet rabbit.  The owners of these rabbits said they started with what they thought were two female rabbits.  This wasn’t the case, and the rabbits kept breeding with each other. The final count was 78 when officials intervened.

If you live in the Baltimore area and would like to help, the House Rabbit Society of Baltimore, DC, and NoVA are looking for emergency foster homes for these bunnies. Email rabbitinfo@rabbitsinthehouse.org.

Rabbits Take Over Japanese Chemical Weapons Site

The tiny island of Okunoshima was once home to a major poisonous gas facility for the Imperial Army during World War II. The island, only 4 kilometers in circumference, had even been removed from Japanese maps for a period of time for security purposes. Once the war ended, the island was deserted. In 1971, a teacher from the nearby city of Takehara abandoned the school’s pet rabbits in Okunoshima. Now, the island is host 300 feral rabbits.

With 2011 being the Year of the Rabbit, many tourists are making their way to the little island to see the furry inhabitants.

For more info, see:
Wired.com
Japan Probe