We keep quails for their eggs and the other day I was searching for quails on my local classifieds and I was shocked when I saw over 500 rabbits in my local classifieds.
Most of them are from local breeders that are breeding them just to supplement their income. It made me sad and mad to see how little people really care about the breed of their rabbits and our reputations as a breeder.
The first thing that upset me is people selling their rabbits dirt cheap as great pets for children. These people aren't thinking about the adverse affect that will have on their reputation and the development of the breed they are selling, instead they are trying to simply pay for their feed.
Negative result #1 Local shelters are seeing a increased amount of abandoned rabbits, because of these breeders, selling on local classifieds to anyone that waves a $20 bill. People buying rabbits for dirt price will dispose of them just as fast as they purchased them.
These folks are not preparing their buyers for the obnoxious behaviors these rabbits will develop in just few months after they reach sexual maturity.
The result unfortunately is that these same "cuddly bunnies" will be rehomed in just few months.
Negative result #2 The development of the breed is slowed when backyard breeders, choose to breed inferior quality animals just so they can sell them quickly and make a buck. How do I know? Because as a breeder that is interested in breeding high quality animals, I know that high quality rabbits are not sold for dirt price. I know how hard it is to select the best animals and try to match up the best qualities hoping that the result will be a incredible animal. I know such animals aren't sold on KSL. If these breeders were interested at all in improving the breed, they would grow their best animals and build their herd, but they can't do that by selling that much rabbits on the local classifieds.
Negative result #3 Breeder's reputation. The slogan #adoptdontshop is all over the internet due to careless breeders that are trying to make ends meet by selling rabbits on local classifieds. Breeders like me that take this responsibility seriously are attacked by haters due to the terrible reputation these backyard breeders are making for the rest of us.
Negative result #4 Buyers are abandoning their rabbits after just few months.The rabbits sold on those classified adds as being potty trained and cuddly. Have mediocre care and live in lower then standard conditions. Just because a rabbit have a box full of shaving on the corner of their wire cage it doesn't mean that they are potty trained! Just because these poor rabbits see their owner when they are dropping their pellets in their bowls, it doesn't mean that they are being handled daily!
After these same rabbits reach sexual maturity and start urinating everywhere, the uneducated buyers simply rehome them.
Due to the increase of irresponsible breeding of Holland lops and many other breeds, we have updated our sales policy and will no longer sell our rabbits with a pedigree if they are being sold as pets.
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