Saturday, March 9, 2013

Equal Hoppertunity

I wish I had been clever enough to think of the title of this post but it's actually the name of a bunny documentary.

When I found this on YouTube, it had 739 views - far too few - so I am calling this to your attention.

What is most positively powerful in this documentary are the interviews with rabbit rescuers and vets. Of course, there are lots of cute rabbits. (While not a film maker or critic, I could pass on most of the man-on-the-street "interviews", animations and slapstick vignettes. But they pass quickly and the rest is worth seeing.)

Sadly powerful are interviews with people clueless about rabbits - like the pet store employees who know nothing about what's good for a rabbit and push products that are bad - and possibly lethal - to rabbits.

The biggest impact comes from video and interviews on a rabbit farm. If you love rabbits or any animals, you will find this horrific. People who breed rabbits for meat, for fur, or for sale to pet stores or fairs must be heartless because the conditions are abominable. (For example, you can read this.)

What's also sad is that this mass mistreatment is replicated on individual rabbits that are, for example, prizes at fairs, impulse buys around Easter, or classroom pets.

This is not a short film (a little less than an hour), but it illustrates ignorance and callousness by some and knowledgeable loving care by others. Two thumbs up.

Not trying to be Debbie Downer here but we must acknowledge the "dark side" to do something about it.

Be kind to others (people).
Don't buy your pet - adopt a rescue.
Spay and neuter them, too (the pets, not the people).
Support your local animal rescue.

1 comment:

  1. I don't know some peeps should be spayed and neutered too but Totally agree with you