Should I buy a rabbit from the pet shop?
Where do pet shop rabbits come from?
Most pet shops buy their rabbits from uncontrolled mass breeding. On request, however, reference is made to “qualified, experienced breeders”. The animals usually live under catastrophic conditions and are mass-produced. As an interested breeder you cannot see the mother and its condition and breed (size) when buying a kitten. I have already looked at a breed that breeds for pet shops.
A research to the conditions in mass breeding facilities for pet shops
Tip: Ask the employees for the breeder’s address (in the rare case that it is handed over, it is worthwhile to have a look there)
For a 30€ rabbit no pet shop spends 50€ veterinarian costs!
When they arrive at the pet shop, the animals are unfortunately hardly ever treated by a veterinarian, because that would mean considerable losses in profit. Sick animals are often sold to laymen or placed in storage until they die. With illnesses, which do not lead immediately to death, the dealers often try to neck the animals up to the animal protection, because they cannot stand also for years in the storeroom. Some time ago I got an inquiry from Dehner about two cold rabbits living in the storeroom.
Tip: Take a close look and check the pet shops. If animals are suffering, report them to the police or the veterinary office.
Sick animals or shopkeepers are killed and disposed of.
Some zoo shops give unsalable animals back to the breeder when they are no longer in their sweet years, which often drown them, gass them or dispose of them in some other way. Other pet shops get rid of their animals themselves.
What should you do with the animals if they are biting or “ugly” so that nobody wants them? Whoever buys in a pet shop wants a sweet, healthy and sweet animal. Because the pet shop lives from spontaneous purchases of “sweet animals”.
Many pet shops provoke pregnancies due to lack of gender separation.
Even if a gender separation is often indicated at the cages, females often sit in a “male enclosure” as well. I have met this very often when asked by the sellers. Others do not separate from reason to reason. The consequence are rabbits which become pregnant already in the infancy. Such early pregnancies often mean miscarriages or the mother dies during or before birth. In addition, inbred animals develop, because the brother often covers his sister.
“Oh, that’s cute! That’s what I want!
Most pet shop rabbits are bought spontaneously with the purchase because they are so sweet. The other day he was standing at a rabbit enclosure in the pet shop. Another customer was interested in one of the rabbits and said to her companion: “Oh look how sweet that is! That’s what I want! Thereupon the companion said “But look, 30€ for a rabbit”. If the animal had been a few euros cheaper, she would have taken it with her. The fact that this animal needs an enclosure and equipment, which exceeds 100€ fast, that a second rabbit is necessary and feed and veterinary costs of the two animals exceed the purchase price fast around the 10-fold, the women did not know that yet at all and would have probably never experienced them also. The rabbit would have had to live a lonely life in a small cage.
What can I do against it?
Do not buy healthy animals free! For each purchased animal a new one from the mass breeding moves in and the business is boosted. Even if you buy all the rabbits at once, the next day there are just as many cages in their place in the pet shop. If they see animals that are sick, buy them free and take them to the vet. If you document the condition of the animal by an expert opinion of the veterinary surgeon and many photos, submit these to the pet shop and/or demand you the veterinary costs for the animal with the pet dealer, who must be responsible for developed damage, if the animal was sold verifiably pregnant or ill (veterinary costs, boy breeding etc.). Do not look away but act! If there are a lot of sick animals in the pet shop, collect the reports and photos and present them to the veterinary office or report them to the police. Address grievances directly in the pet shop (“In the rabbit enclosure is diarrhoea excrement” “The enclosures look very dirty today though” “Isn’t the enclosure quite overcrowded?”). Speak also if you notice something positive. Convince acquaintances not to buy your animal in the pet shop. Control the zoo actions in the periphery with your visit. The TVT provides an information sheet which most veterinary offices adhere to. If you observe grievances, please report them to the police or report them to the police.