Peak Selling Season at Goochland Rabbit Farm

On Sunday, many families celebrated Easter by eating chocolate bunnies or having their picture taken with a life-size Easter Bunny. Full Story
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Gru

United States

#1 Mar 31, 2013
Unfortunately, MORE THAN HALF of these sweet little creatures will end up dead, turned into local shelters, or (worse) "set free" when people tire of them. A rabbit is a commitment of at least 10 years! They're really better off in-doors, as well. Far too many predators outside. They are NOT TOYS, either, and typically do not work well with small children. Please do your research on rabbits before getting one.
Herp Derp

Charlottesville, VA

#3 Mar 31, 2013
A lot of responsible shops and breeders refuse rabbit sales around Easter time because of the impulse buys. Guess what? Children will most likely tire of them and the parents won't want to accept the responsibility they tried pushing off onto their children. Gru is absolutely correct about the outcome of most of those rabbits.
some guy

Charlottesville, VA

#4 Mar 31, 2013
We bought 2 rabbits from Eden Farms a few months ago and were very impressed by their care for the animals and their commitment to putting them in good homes. Our rabbits are very healthy and happy - but yes! They are a commitment...especially when they escape from the hutch and you have to chase them around the neighbors' yards at 7:30 in the morning...
RandomThoughts

Waynesboro, VA

#5 Apr 1, 2013
If we could throw the adults off the planet , the kids would have a nice place without bad influence to hang out.

Animals should not be used as a toy/gift commodity for a cash harvest.

No real parent would even consider it .

Take them to a zoo or aquarium .

Ask your kids if they mind you putting them in a cage and letting the world handle em .

See what they say .
huck

Charlottesville, VA

#6 Apr 1, 2013
What do bunnies and Jesus have in common?
RandomThoughts

Waynesboro, VA

#7 Apr 1, 2013
huck wrote:
What do bunnies and Jesus have in common?
Comparative genamics , but other than that I am not sure .

I will ask Jesus when he stops by to mow the grass.

Happy Spring.
employed home owner

United States

#8 Apr 1, 2013
RandomThoughts wrote:
If we could throw the adults off the planet , the kids would have a nice place without bad influence to hang out.
Animals should not be used as a toy/gift commodity for a cash harvest.
No real parent would even consider it .
Take them to a zoo or aquarium .
Ask your kids if they mind you putting them in a cage and letting the world handle em .
See what they say .
I would love to give you a psyc evaluation
good eatin

District Heights, MD

#9 Apr 1, 2013
Rabbits is good eatin!
RandomThoughts

Waynesboro, VA

#10 Apr 1, 2013
employed home owner wrote:
<quoted text>I would love to give you a psyc evaluation
Get in line :).

But it's expensive .

It cost money to act this way .
JudiL

Purcellville, VA

#11 Apr 1, 2013
This is a rabbit rescuer's worst nightmare, to hear about a place like this. That's all we need are more people getting rabbits for Easter and then the next day dumping them at the shelter. Do you have any idea how often this happens? I'm disgusted, horrified and angry that any news station would promote this.
JudiL

Purcellville, VA

#12 Apr 1, 2013
employed home owner wrote:
<quoted text>I would love to give you a psyc evaluation
This is the problem. You have no idea how many of these animals get dumped at the shelter, and I doubt you care. I've rescued these rabbits for 16 years and this is the worst time of year for bunnies. Animal cruelty towards rabbits is at its highest right now.
TMP

Washington, DC

#13 Apr 1, 2013
I hope they're properly vetting and educating those adopting rabbits. Please read through the following eight questions before making a commitment of over ten years to providing for a rabbit: http://historicalchocolate.wordpress.com/2010...
Patti

Williston, FL

#14 Apr 1, 2013
This story is not about sharing faith. It is about people making money and exploiting God's creatures. Look at these rabbits, especially these "breeders", living their lives out in small wire cages, just to make profit. It is statistically accurate to say that most rabbits sold as pets near Easter, end up neglected, abused, or abandoned, once the "newness" and "cuteness" wear off. As a volunteer at a rescue organization in Florida, I know this first hand. There are thousands of rabbits available for adoption through rescue organizations. The ones later discarded after being purchased as a result of this type of story. This is irresponsible reporting at best. Check your facts and do not promote these stories of exploitation of animals. Instead, how about doing stories which can actually promote the salvation of the left-overs from this type of breeding operation, i.e. a story promoting adoption from rescues, AFTER doing research to see if a rabbit is truly an appropriate pet for your household.
TMP

Washington, DC

#15 Apr 1, 2013
some guy wrote:
We bought 2 rabbits from Eden Farms a few months ago and were very impressed by their care for the animals and their commitment to putting them in good homes. Our rabbits are very healthy and happy - but yes! They are a commitment...especially when they escape from the hutch and you have to chase them around the neighbors' yards at 7:30 in the morning...
A rabbit's place is inside a home, not outside in hutch. Please consider bringing them indoors and check out http://rabbit.org/ for information.
TMP

Washington, DC

#16 Apr 1, 2013
good eatin wrote:
Rabbits is good eatin!
Would you say the same thing about someone's dog or cat?
RandomThoughts

Waynesboro, VA

#17 Apr 1, 2013
TMP wrote:
<quoted text>
Would you say the same thing about someone's dog or cat?
Yes they would , they got your reaction .

Just skip over it , keep talking.

We will get better sooner or later at talking to each other.
Bunny Rescuer

Fayetteville, NC

#18 Apr 1, 2013
Shame on you! Responsible breeders do not sell rabbits during the Easter craze!

They also know that rabbits should not be caged (or "hutched") 24/7. They need at least 4 hours of exercise a day (would you crate a cat it's whole life?). Furthermore, they need to be fixed, seen by a vet once a year, and KEPT INDOORS!

Please stop spreading ignorance. More than half the rabbits sold during Easter end up dead, in a shelter, or released into the wild (where they will end up dead anyways.

By running this story, you are supporting one of the last socially acceptable animal cruelty practices.
Tracey

Elmont, NY

#19 Apr 1, 2013
Shame on you, NBC29, and shame on the Goochlands! This is nothing more than a glorified rabbit mill (yes, just like those awful puppy mills everyone hears about). Rabbits should never be given as gifts to children and they DO NOT belong in hutches! They belong inside with their families. They live 8-12 years when properly cared for ("proper care" involves being spayed/neutered (for health reasons), seeing a specially trained vet every year (and every time they face a medical disaster, which usually happens at least once in a rabbit's life), using safe bedding (pine and cedar shavings are dangerous), being given unlimited amounts of high-quality Timothy hay, being given lots of fresh veggies, having toys to play with, and being given lots of exercise time). They're expensive to keep (I probably spend around $1,000 a year on my rabbit) and you have to really know what you're doing. They're not easy pets.
Tracey

Elmont, NY

#20 Apr 1, 2013
Tracey wrote:
Shame on you, NBC29, and shame on the Goochlands! This is nothing more than a glorified rabbit mill (yes, just like those awful puppy mills everyone hears about). Rabbits should never be given as gifts to children and they DO NOT belong in hutches! They belong inside with their families. They live 8-12 years when properly cared for ("proper care" involves being spayed/neutered (for health reasons), seeing a specially trained vet every year (and every time they face a medical disaster, which usually happens at least once in a rabbit's life), using safe bedding (pine and cedar shavings are dangerous), being given unlimited amounts of high-quality Timothy hay, being given lots of fresh veggies, having toys to play with, and being given lots of exercise time). They're expensive to keep (I probably spend around $1,000 a year on my rabbit) and you have to really know what you're doing. They're not easy pets.
That should say "shame on the Agnews"....I was so mad, I got mixed up!
TychaBrahe

Chicago, IL

#21 Apr 1, 2013
I have never heard of a breeder keeping 75 animals on hand. How can you properly evaluate 30 adoptions a day. This is not proper animal keeping. This is hoarding for profit.

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