Peak Selling Season at Goochland Rabbit Farm

Full story: NBC29 Charlottesville

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

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Oh, dear. NBC29, you wouldn't do a story on a puppy mill with the lead-in "Every day, people head to GoodGrief County to meet the the Smith family and find a puppy they hope will become part of the family", would you? A rabbit farm is no different, and I know because I volunteer at a rabbit *shelter* where most of these rabbits end up.(If they're lucky -- many or most are dumped unto the wild, where they are slowly eaten alive by parasites, mangled, hit by a car, or just plain eaten.) Please follow ALL the angles and show people the really sad flip side of your story. Something like this: http://www.mdjonline.com/view/full_story/2211... ? Please contact the Maryland/NoVa House Rabbit Society at http://rabbitsinthehouse.org/ -- I'm sure they would be more than happy to interview with you for what happens when these cute fluffy bunnies become raging hormonal teenage bunnies, the kids tire of the novelty and of the cleanup, and the parents are misinformed.
Gru

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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.
Heart-warming to see so many agreed with me!! I thought I'd get jumped on! Another mistake people make with bunnies is that they see how rewarding people such as you and I find bunnies, but they have NO IDEA of the time we have put in to our bunnies!! That relationship doesn't happen overnight -- it's cultivated over months & years! Most of my rabbit $$ goes to fresh veggies, yes. I'm not a fan of commercial rabbit food, so they're given very little of that; always have fresh hay available; and a VARIETY of fruits & veggies! Glad to know I'm not the only rabbit nut out there!
Martina H

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This factory breeding facility looks like a hellhole for rabbits. The cruel 'old ways' of Easter meant bringing home a bay bunny or chick, only to have it die within the year from improper care or be dumped in the woods when the novelty wears off. Parents should be aware of the costs of owning a rabbit... rabbits live for 10 years or more, rabbits need fresh fruits and vegetables daily, should be spayed/neutered by a vet who can work on rabbits and rabbits should be house pets... not stuffed in an outdoor hutch where they can get fleas, attacked by dogs or wild animals. Your news reporter should make a hefty donation to the local rabbit rescue organization, because they are the ones who have to care for the surviving 'Easter gifts'.
lawgirl

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Ugggghh. The things that we learn about that are in our own backyard. Did you know Louisa County also has a primate "rescue"?

Now about the bunnies...this is tragic. I had a bunny. It lived to be 12 years old. I never want another one. They are adorable, yes, but they need care, proper cleaning, proper diet, teeth need to be taken care of, nails need to be trimmed, etc.

And...as a local animal advocate, volunteer, and rescuer,there are a lot of local shelters that DO NOT take rabbits when you tire of them.
huck

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Gru wrote:
<quoted text> Heart-warming to see so many agreed with me!! I thought I'd get jumped on!
Mr McGregor and Elmer Fudd needs their bushmaster them varmits
Diana C

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If you are up to the big responsibility of being a rabbit pet parent, then please consider adopting a rabbit from your local shelter. There are so many great rabbits there who are loving and healthy. I adopted my rabbit Luke who is a great. The best part about adopting is that you get to see their personality and get a perfect fit for your family.
Read up about rabbits on Rabbit.org on what it takes to be the proud rabbit pet parent.
Outraged rabbit carer

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You clearly have NO IDEA how many of these poor rabbits will end up being abandoned, forgotten, dumped in rescue centres (if they are lucky) and pulled about by children! How can you promote rabbit farming? These people are no better than puppy farmers and you wouldn't promote those! There are plenty of rabbits that have litters accidently and plenty left over from showing breeds to serve the pet market. This isnt about serving God, its about making a buck at the expense of animals! Shame on you all.
Linda Schuyler Ford

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This outwardly cute story is high disturbing, given the numberof rabbits who are abandoned every year. Rescue groups throughout the country are burstin at the seams wih rabbits that were family pets for a short time, then surrendered. or dumped. or abused.

Check Petfinder.com to see the thousands of rabbits already waiting for homes.

It is also important to note that, in addition to terribly irresponsible breeding that leads to homelessness, unspayed rabbits are at a significant;y higher risk for uterine cancer.

So, your story has glorifed selfish, careless reatmet of hepless animals. This breeders practice creates exponential difficulties for animals and humans alike.

Please, PLEASE follow-up with a story about the truth. Your education of the public can begin o put a dent in this horrible practice of breeding and selling animals for fun and profit.

Thank you!

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