The Hare Apparent Ethics: no animals have been harmed in the creation of any of these products, including the wool. All the models are permanent residents here at the sanctuary and have a very good life with us, including regular vet care, healthy food, the highest standard of housing, including the bunnies who live outside, who also have large secure fox safe aviary runs or big sheds with medium sized fox safe runs. The house buns are not house caged, they live free range in their rooms.
The Hare Apparent Philosophy: Rabbits as farm animals traditionally have had a worse life than even chickens. As pets they haven't had much of a life shut in a small cage (called a hutch) outside. But people's mentality about them has been changing since the 1980s starting in America, where rabbits are wonderful house pets who can live like cats and dogs inside the house as part of the family. Rabbits are as intelligent, loving, playful as cats and dogs and deserve better than to be bred for meat or fur or live in a small horrible cage with no space to run and play. This trend is now worldwide and anyone who is not tuned into it is in the dark ages. Would you eat a cat, wear cat fur or keep a cat in a small cage? (honestly, no animals deserve to be treated as such)
We work to improve the life of rabbits in the UK by currently, petitioning the government to change the law to protect rabbits the same as cats, dogs, horses, and other "pets". Currently they are classified as farm animals and do not even have as much protection as chickens as to their living accommodation. Also we believe rabbits (and other animals) should not be sold in pet shops or garden centres, and certainly not on the Internet on Gumtree. This leads to overpopulation, ignorance of owners who do not receive any type of informed advice from where they buy them, and abandonment and neglect, and very sadly, sometimes death of bunnies. Tens of thousands of rabbits are abandoned to shelters in the UK every year. In 2012, over 67,000 bunnies were abandoned to shelters. If you have pet rabbits, please educate yourself about their needs and wants. www.rabbit.org in the USA is a wealth of good information as well as www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk in the UK.
Every product is produced as environmentally ethically as possible. All shipping bags and materials are made of recycled/biodegradable plastic. All wood is made from FSC certified timber. Many of the fabrics and some of the knitted wool is recycled/repurposed. Any cleaning is with non animal tested soap in a highly rated energy efficient washing machine. All of the energy in our household is either green sourced or carbon traded for green energy by our power supplier. The hay we feed the bunnies is locally sourced from an organic hay farm.
The How and The Why: Why this little company (truly a cottage industry as we live in a big old cottage) started, was to support the sanctuary, Bibble's Bunny Sanctuary, so that I can work away from home only part time and take care of the bunnies so that they will receive the best life I can possibly provide for them. The sanctuary blossomed from 5 bunnies in October 2010, to 12 by January 2011. Currently we have 23 residents, all of which are permanent, several special needs and elderly - and more being fostered. We also rescue bunnies to be adopted out to very good homes and even transport th
em across the country if need be to the best home available at that time.
~~~over 130 bunnies rescued since 2010 (but wait, there's more)~~~10 guinea pigs rescued since 2012~~~12 birds rescued since 2013~~~1 kitten rescued in 2013