Rabbits and Easter

2 years ago my partner and I were driving home when we spotted a small white rabbit on the side of the road. It was a rural area with no houses in sight. It was late at night and it was 2 weeks after Easter. We pulled over and got out of the car thinking we would scare her into the woods away from the road. Once we saw that she was entirely white and clean and not afraid of us in the slightest, we realized that she was a domestic rabbit and likely dumped just moments before we spotted her. Having absolutely no experience with rabbits, but knowing that she would die within a few days if left on her own, we scooped her up in a big sweater and large shopping bag and took her home. What followed was the first of many frantic Google searches on rabbit care.

Renovation day. Binks enjoys new flooring.

Renovation day. Binks enjoys new flooring.

We initially thought that we would give her over to our local SPCA to be adopted, but once we learned how careless people tend to be with rabbits we couldn’t stand the thought of her living less of a life than what we could offer. We desperately hoped that our cats would accept her. They did within just a few days.

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What started as this…

Let Me Out!!

…Ended like this

Since adopting her we’ve learned that rabbits are routinely bred and sold for Easter and then a whopping 80 percent are abandoned within just a few months. And like in the case of Binks, the irresponsibilty is so extensive that people will dump them at the side of the road to die within a few days by cars or predators rather than own up to their abandonment at a shelter. The Easter rabbit problem is so widespread that rabbit rescue groups actually have campaigns along the lines of “buy chocolate rabbits instead.”

Binks reads Animal Liberation and encourages you to do the same.

Binks reads Animal Liberation and encourages you to do the same.

Rabbits require a lot of care. Their homes need to be cleaned everyday. They need fresh vegetables and hay everyday. And perhaps most importantly, they need to spend a minimum of 2-4 hours roaming freely everyday. Ideally, they can always roam freely and choose to go back to their digs when they see fit. They like to chew and dig, so bunny-proofing your house is a must, and even with some Binks-safing measures, we still find many items mysteriously chewed and need to fix or replace just about all of our baseboards. House rabbits live for 8-15 years and we spend much more time caring for Binks than we do our two cats.

Still, she’s an absolute joy. Her sensitivity and delicacy are heartwarming, and her spunk and demanding nature make us laugh everyday. It’s wonderful how much life she’s brought to our home, and devastating to think what would have happened if we hadn’t been in the right place at the right time.

Binks helps do laundry.

Binks helps do laundry.

Do not buy rabbits as pets. Learn everything involved in proper rabbit care and adopt from your local shelter.

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“I Care About Human Problems”: 6 Reasons to Go Vegan Anyway

Also posted on The Dodo When promoting veganism, we’re often confronted by claims of care toward humans as though they negate the importance of going vegan. Veganism is trivialized as something for “animal lovers,” not for humanitarians and social justice … Continue reading

“Most people do care about animals.
Most people reject the idea that animals are just things.
Most people think that animals count morally.
So the goal is to convince those people that this all requires that they go vegan, and that ‘happy’ or ‘humane’ exploitation is not a morally acceptable alternative. If you think someone counts morally, you stop exploiting them; you don’t focus on exploiting them more ‘compassionately.'”
– Gary Francione

Numb

By Karry Rothery

We share this world, with so many creatures. Hands, feet or wings, we all have our own features. ~ They too feel love, for their daughters and sons. They walk this earth, we aren’t the only ones. ~ Through time we have swelled, and taken what’s theirs. Forests are now cities, yet nobody cares. Their homes have been robbed, by the beasts we have become. We’ve stolen this planet. We must be numb.
The animals body, through time evolved. An amazing creation, no niche unsolved. ~ Yet we tear flesh from these beings, to satisfy our lust. Steal milk from their young, we abuse their trust. ~ A gentle creature, now no more than food. The flesh of another, how can we be so crude? ~ Their dignity ruined, by the beasts we have become. To indulge our gluttony. We must be numb.
With keen senses like us, they feel as we do. We like a gentle touch, and they do too. ~ They hurt if stung, and ache if they fall. But we use them as toys, like a bouncing ball. ~ For pretty perfumes, and shiny hair. Is animal testing, worth their despair? ~ Pushed and pulled, by the beasts we have become. Are they not equal? We must be numb.
Fur, skin and feathers, so many designs. Worn proudly and beautifully, by the animal it defines. ~ From the stripes of a tiger, to the wool of a sheep. An individuality, that goes more than skin deep. ~ Yet we strip these creatures, of their precious hide. Fur coats and leather bags, how can we feel pride? ~ Now used for pleasure, by the beasts we have become. How do we ignore this cruelty? We must be numb.
We make them suffer, for our own greed. Through their screams of torture, we let them bleed. ~ Their lives are lost, for our selfish desire. We crush their emotions, why let this transpire? ~ I feel this affliction, that I refuse to ignore. I embrace compassion, so they will suffer no more. ~ I have broken free, from this beast we have become. I have chosen veganism. I am not numb.
– From the Why I Will Always Be Vegan Essay Contest