The Hare Apparent Philosophy: 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 plastic or Bubble Wrap. All wood is made from FSC certified timber. All paper stock is from recycled paper. Many of the fabrics and some of the knitted wool is recycled/repurposed. Any cleaning is with the Ecoball in a new and 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. As of February 20, 2013, all wool used for stuffing the beds will come from sheep in Somerset and Devon who are free range and treated very well, supporting small shepherds and farms, through The Woolly Shepherd in Somerset.
Even 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 cottage) started, was to support the sanctuary, Bibble's Bunny Sanctuary, so that I could leave my job and take care of the bunnies full time 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, when it became necessary to have someone here full time (that would be myself). Currently we have 21 residents, all of which are permanent, four special needs and 3 elderly. We also rescue bunnies to be adopted out to very good homes and even transport them across the country if need be to the best home available at that time. 43 bunnies rescued as of December 2013.