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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > RESCUE EFFORTS FOR SHELTERS > HAS ANYONE RESUED A MEAT RABBIT
Last Post by LongEaredLions at 9/22/2016 10:44 PM (38 Replies)
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User is Offline vanessa
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9/23/2015 9:04 AM
Devil's advocate... when we buy a meat rabbit, aren't we just keeping them in business?

User is Offline Annmaree
Australia
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9/23/2015 3:25 PM
My reduced price of $20 might keep them in business, but at least he won't be on someone's dinner plate..

User is Offline Jadeo09
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9/23/2015 3:36 PM
Well no because if they make money from selling as pets maybe they will see its more productive and convert.
But yes I wouldn't want to give them money because then they can buy more to cause suffering to.
Catch 22

User is Offline Annmaree
Australia
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9/23/2015 4:14 PM
This breeder had 3 females and 1 male.
I didn't know she was breeding them for eating. I was just looking to buy a Flemish bunny for my daughter. I received an email from a lady saying she had some Flemish babies if I wanted to come see them. When my daughter picked out what bunny she wanted and was holding him, I gave the owner $20 and she then told me she breeds them to sell for meat..
I didn't purposely go searching for a meat rabbit breeder. I was just looking for a bunny for my daughter.. And no there was no bunnies at my local shelter as that was the first place I called..
And he's not on your dinner plate he's running around free in my backyard..

User is Offline vanessa
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9/23/2015 4:36 PM
Just a thought. I do love my bunnies. I wouldn't swap them or "un"-buy them . I'm glad they are in my care and not on a dinner plate. I didn't search for a meat rabbit breeder either. When I first got my bunnies, I was quite the newbie. I got my rabbits from 2 different places. Not knowing much at the time, I just thought, wow - lots of rabbits and lots of cages. Now that I've had more time with my bunnies, I realize how horrible their lives must have been, in those small cages.

User is Offline Jadeo09
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9/24/2015 4:05 PM
Every life is just as important as another and each life you save is worth it. You aren't killing one to save another you are saving whoever you can. Therefore nothing to be guilty for. They are the murderers not you

User is Offline drwil
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1/28/2016 8:21 PM
Not exactly a meat rabbit but a lionhead bunny who someone wanted to shave down and live feed to a "pet" snake. Took it to live with my parent's elderly cat until a little girl with downs syndrome was given him as a therapy animal.

User is Offline Roy
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5/06/2016 11:09 AM
My uncle breeds rabbits...it has been more than a year since I seen him last, but I remember his shed was full of different colored buns. Some of them had heavy ear mites infestations...he was complaining that the french chef did not want to buy the ones with ear mites and said it did not matter...because well...yeah.

I can not stop thinking of those conditions. I said nothing at the time. I was there with my dad over my grandmother having passed away, but I can not stop thinking about it. I really hope there are not buns in that same condition now and that he has stopped breeding them.

I do not have his contact info and I want to get it from my dad. He lives out of town too. I have more money now...and although I could not possibly have the space for all of them, I was thinking of getting into contact to have them given proper care. They most likely have a number of problems with them though.

I think that maybe if I could just get one saved I would be happy. I am not sure what the guidelines are for rabbits bred for that reason, but leaving ear mites to ravage them seems awful.

User is Offline Rebelbun
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5/06/2016 12:11 PM
My Dozer was on Craigslist as a "free female" he definitely wasn't a female (which I found out the hard way). The lady I got him from raised meat rabbits and gave away ones she thought were special. I really wanted to get a bigger rabbit breed and I was just curious when I contacted her. After I found out he was at a meat farm was when I officially made the decision to get him. I wanted to be able to give him a better life than what I knew he was probably living in.
Of course we all know the cages they use for rabbits raised for meat. He was in a little cage with one of his sisters. He was 7 months old at the time so both rabbits could barely lay down in the cage When she gave me him he didn't squirm or anything after he was in my arms. It was like he knew I was going to save him, even though he did seem to be sad about leaving his sister. He was totally calm the whole way home and was nervous to meet Missy and Luna (you can probably figure out how I learned he was male the hard way). He loved his new big cage with the soft blanket floor! (He got an even bigger cage that he doesnt want to share with anyone now lol).
He still doesn't like to be picked up very much (prolly cause the mean lady picked him up by the ears D:< but he's warming up to loves and cuddles more and more everyday. He's definitely not as timid of me as he was when he first came home.
Oh and Dozer is a Flemish Giant/New Zealand mix he's my big boy.

User is Offline LuckyBunny
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6/03/2016 3:21 AM
He's pretty! Looks like he has some Californian in him, gives him those cute color points :3

User is Offline Ellie from The Netherlands
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7/18/2016 12:38 AM
This thread brings back memories. Our family got such a rabbit when I was very young, it was given to us as "the runt of the litter, he'll remain small". Considering that the breed was Flemish giant, he still became a very large rabbit. My mother didn't think of rabbits as indoor animals, and she kept him in a pen in the yard. I was never really encouraged to bond with him, and looking back I think that his life was worse when he was with us than where he came from. He didn't really get old, he passed away at age 4. I was 8 years old and was upset for weeks because I didn't understand. I wasn't even allowed to see his body and say goodbye.

We got this Flemish giant from my grandparents. They had a small farm and bred chickens and rabbits as a small pension. Although unfortunate that the rabbits were bred for meat, they were kept in good conditions. I used to spend my vacations there helping grandpa to take the bunnies to their outdoor pens. They had large wire pens on their piece of grassland, where the rabbits grazed all day in small groups. They were fed a diet of grass, hay, leaves from the vegetable garden and pellets.

Looking back I think his living conditions at my grandparents' farm would have made him happier than my mothers' treatment of him. I think she never really considered rabbits as household pets, more like an animal that is just there like a goldfish. In retrospect, a horrible way to treat such a social animal. My father isn't much better, he sees rabbits as farm animals and thinks we're crazy for "treating Breintje like a dog". He criticises us whenever he visits, giving us strange looks when we show him how trained Breintje is or how affectionate he is. He keeps on mumbling that a rabbit doesn't belong indoors, and won't see otherwise even though he has evidence that rabbits are great family pets. I guess you can't teach an old dog new tricks.
Home is where the fur is!

User is Offline VivaLaBunz
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9/10/2016 12:51 PM
Just going through the threads and found this, so glad that Billy found a good home! He is absolutely gorgeous too, I love his coloring.

I understand that people are against the breeding of rabbits for meat, and I've never even considered eating rabbit because beef and chicken just look so much tastier. But I look on the "bright" side of things, rabbits would have never been domesticated and eventually became pets and show animals if it weren't for people keeping and breeding them for meat many, many years ago. When you think about it, all domesticated animals were not domesticated simply to be companion animals, they were all domesticated for food, fur (or to help procure said food and fur). That being said, I absolutely despise cruelty to animals. And unfortunately cruelty is found in many places where animals are seen as $ and not as a living being.

User is Offline Sr. Melangell
20 Burrow Road, Bunny City.
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9/13/2016 12:05 PM
I don't know why people want to eat rabbit, I must admit I tried it once, NEVER again, its not a tasty meat, rabbits are animals, but I'm no Vegan, I love rabbits and if anyone can save a child (Rabbits are like children who need care) from a meat place I'm very pleased with them.
I love my assistant Bunny, he is so precious.

User is Offline bluepaws
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9/17/2016 5:41 PM
I'm vegetarian used to be vegan but I switched for now,,, I have rescued 2 meat rabbits from the worst place on earth where a rabbit could be born it literally makes me cry just thinking about it, I'm just Sad we couldn't rescue the others apparently its legal because sometimes they have food and water but they live under a rotten wooden roof only on wire

User is Offline bluepaws
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9/17/2016 6:23 PM
hes so beautiful I have rescued 2 meat rabbits myself named Luna and Scooby, they are almost 2 years old now and are around 15 pounds when we got them they were 9 weeks old and their feet were bloody and covered in sores from the wire they now free rang around are backyard with 2 more bunnies named blue jeans and Donald Thump, blue jeans was dumped at a rabbit rescue by a petting zoo after she got "to big for the children" although she's under 5 pounds. She had major trust issues and was afraid of us. but now she's more trusting after the 2 years we have had her make sure you give your rabbit alfalfa hay as a baby! oh and we let are rabbits free range around the backyard an we use a hutch as their home base to eat, sleep, drink and use the litter box!

User is Offline LongEaredLions
California
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9/20/2016 1:31 PM
So glad to hear of your bunnies' happy ending, bluepaws! I have had a few meat bunnies, they are lovely and so deserving.
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User is Offline LongEaredLions
California
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9/20/2016 1:31 PM
So glad to hear of your bunnies' happy ending, bluepaws! I have had a few meat bunnies, they are lovely and so deserving.
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User is Offline Victory
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9/22/2016 11:02 AM
Wow!
I Don't have a bunny...

I should Get one but, I'm to young to get a job,and We dont have the moneys, or space

User is Offline LongEaredLions
California
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9/22/2016 10:44 PM
It's ok Victory! You can do your bunny research here on BB so if you ever are able to support a bunny in the future you will be ready!
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