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Conservationists, Animal Activists Worry About Effects of the Year of the Rabbit

Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, rabbits )

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Many Asians believe the Year of the Rabbit means good luck for those born under that zodiac sign, but conservationists warn that the furry creatures themselves are being loved to death in Asia and some species are dying away altogether.

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MmAway M (505)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 7:47 am
Thank you Cher!

After reading this news at site I truly wish they would of just had "The Year of Greedy MANKIND". Poor little rabbits, and this happening right before Easter when they have so many little bunnies left over.

Noted with sorrow and prayers for all of these cute little creatures!

Kit B (276)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 7:52 am
Any one who cares about the welfare of animals should be concerned. This reminds of the many twits that buy baby chicks and rabbits for Easter, then have no clue what to do as they age. The same is true for kittens and puppies, but the rabbit issue has caused a fevered pitch of desire for owning the little guys (or least briefly) and wanting their fur on clothes. I think we know what wanting the fur on clothes means and that most of these little guys will go to live in cage till some one is bored. We need to fight this and some how help to educate people.


Kathy Javens (104)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 10:44 am
Noted. I feel this goes for rabbits and all other animals: Educate yourself, educate yourself, educate yourself!!! NEVER own any kind of animal until you get all of the info on care,raising, medical, etc. etc. When will people stop being such idiots???

Kelly D (46)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 10:45 am
hmmm..there are definetley going to be soo many that not everyone can look after them :(

Melody Aragorn (135)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 11:55 am
Pray this year truely belongs to the intelligent rabbits....Save the rabbits all kinds of them...

Anita B (69)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 11:57 am
This is new to me - as far one can record, Rabbits were almost wiped out World Wide; can't imagine anyone eating pet rabbits!
Not certain if anyone breed rabbits within the UK eating, but they've been shown on BBC for children to see who has the best ''Kept pet Rabbit;'' yet, remember seeing that programme for years. These days, you hardly hear of speak anyone mention owning rabbits...

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 12:47 pm
noted...and you'd think since they are so well thought of that they would be protected...but i'd suggest getting the cute little stuffed animal cousin raised show rabbits...perhaps this is what started me on this path for the animals...i was young..and new nothing about rabbits....until then..found out they were smelly and took a lot of time...but the very first time i held one of the rabbits to pet's so soft fur caused me to feel repulsed...repulsed at all the fur that I had previously felt and thought so soft......i now knew it to be rabbit fur...and from that day..i could no longer own anything of animal fur...guess i learned my lesson that day...but i'd never want to have a rabbit because they require a lot of attention and commitment...for their least i found out that much...and more...

Marie Russell-Barker (13)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 12:48 pm
Oh My how cruel and just to sell their furs. What people seems to forget is that these animals should be left along as they are wild, keeping them in their homes feeding them and then dumping the god knows where is so cruel. To Kill them with Stunt Guns and watch as they holler from pain, then hang them and strip their fur off so that some human being can wear it is so cruel to any animal. I would beg that this stop and stop now.

Jacob Davis (44)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 1:12 pm
I am a rabbit, so please be kind to rabbits...
we are just cute, sweet, lovable critters, so don't hurt us, please! ;-)

Monica D (580)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 1:52 pm
I hope that one day all animals will be respected and treated well.

Susan S (187)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 1:59 pm
I had no idea that some species of rabbits were endangered. I had somehow believed the myth that they were prolific survivors and rapid producers. This article shows how people have to look at their long term consequences and educate themselves before adopting bunnies during the year of the rabbit and then heartlesslly discarding them afterwards. Our SPCA has a policy against adopting out rabbits before Easter because of the fear that people will not commit to long term care and might grow tired of the rabbits due to their high maintenance needs soon after Easter is over. The idea that stuffed animals are a better gift to give children makes sense. Thanks for this post.

Hector R. (1)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 2:14 pm
Poor rabbits, they are going to be used, abused and eaten.


Because these disgusting asians are going to kill, torture, abuse, eat and make suffer them because they are now in the spotlight and asians don't care about animals or our beloved planet.

Geynell Eskite (68)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 2:33 pm
Happens here all the time. Bunnies and baby chicks bought impulsively at Easter are later discarded. Puppies and kittens are given as Christmas presents without considering the responsibility that accompanies the "gift". A year after 101 Dalmations (the movie) came out, animal shelters were loaded with adult Dalmations whose previous owners were unaware of their breed characteristics or training requirements.

Adopting an animal is a sacred trust. We should only take on the guardianship of an animal because we are willing to give a special creature a lifetime of love and care, not because it's a holiday whim..

Janyce S (12)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 3:16 pm
Thanks you Cher

Susan Ayres-Lynch (126)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 3:23 pm
Praying for compassion to all animals who fall victim to cultural threats in China. :'(

Marti Williams (170)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 4:02 pm
thanks Cher...if other wildlife is is only to wonder that rabbits would also be stressed...

marie C (163)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 5:12 pm
Thank you Cher noted

Erin R (181)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 5:28 pm
Noted! Thank you, Cher!

Gysele van Santen (213)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 7:17 pm
noted, thnx.

Monique Pouchet (236)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 10:14 pm
I have spanish friends preparinfg a petition because a spanish enterprise is preparing somehting terrible: kill 38 millions of rabbits -in china- for their fur! i hope have the petition tomorrow.

Justin R (0)
Sunday January 30, 2011, 12:04 am
Hundreds where exported from Germany to North Korea to feed the hungry, they had run out of food.
Strange for a country who is into nuclear production but letting their own people starve. The person who raised was worried hwo they will be treated - I guess the poor bunnies shoud have never been born.

I am relying on Animals Avtivists in Asia and the seemingly few compassionate people amongst them.

Activists Unite! Fight for the life of animals!

Brenda Towers (0)
Sunday January 30, 2011, 3:32 am
Noted with sorrow!

Arild Gone for now (174)
Sunday January 30, 2011, 4:20 am
TY Cher.

Michael Feenaughty (267)
Sunday January 30, 2011, 4:55 am

Chien Chao (105)
Sunday January 30, 2011, 5:58 am
thank you

Chavonne H (46)
Sunday January 30, 2011, 12:20 pm
why don't we all treat animals with respect.

Carol H (229)
Sunday January 30, 2011, 2:20 pm
noted, thanks Cher

Cindy C (125)
Monday January 31, 2011, 10:34 am
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