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I have only been on this forum for about a month but I am enjoying my time here reading about everyones bunnies..
I adopted my bunny Billy from a breeder who bred rabbits to be eaten *MEAT RABBITS*
He is a Giant Flemish and was 10 weeks old when I got him. He is soo cute and super friendly.
I have never had a Flemish before so I am looking forward to see how big he gets.
My 5 year old daughter picked him out of a litter of about 8 bunnies who were all cramped in a tiny cage awaiting their fate.
As where older litters and new born litters all waiting to be sold for food and probably their fur.
I would of loved to have taken all of them, but i’m extremely happy with giving Billy a new free range life.
When the lady handed me our bunny she said to the rabbit, your a lucky bunny.
Billy Bunny is now 16 weeks old and hes very spoilt. He loves to be patted and held. Loves free ranging running around our enclosed backyard. Where he helps himself to the vegie garden and he binkies non stop. Its like having a puppy, he follows you around and if you go outside and call him he comes running.
I have a thread on here called Watching Baby Billy Grow if anyone is interested in watching him grow.
Has anyone taken in a Meat Rabbit as their own pet or maybe helped rehome one or maybe you are a Flemish owner.. I would love to hear your story..
Thanks for reading..
Have attached some photos below..
He is so handsome! Lucky bunny indeed!
Both my rabbits Sukka (French lop) and Tossu (New Zealand Red) are also from meat rabbit breeders… though I don’t particularly want to call them “rescued” in this sense, as both breeders were very responsible and humane in their treatment of their rabbits, nothing like the awful conditions you’re describing! Neither of my bunbuns would have suffered with their breeders, though their lives would have been much shorter and Sukka’s medical issues may have caused her some problems in the long run.
Your bunnies are very sweet, I especially like the red, it’s a nice colour..
I think all breeders have different ways they breed and look after their bunnies. Whether they are meat rabbits or bred for pets. My meat rabbit came from small cramped cages, they don’t get handled, only time this happens is when they are moved from cage to cage. This is the first time I have seen breeding of meat rabbits, so I must admit I was a bit shocked when I walked into the shed. But I suppose this is farming.. Same thing happens to cows, chickens etc.. It’s just hard to see them as food when your a bunny lover
The humane society thinks that Cincinnati escaped from such an operation. Does that count? He was found as a stray.
I love your bunny’s ears!
Thanks Boing, he does have pretty big ears lol. Do you have another photo of Cincinnati, would love to see a close up photo of him
He’s very pretty. I think a rabbit is a rabbit….I don’t think there is anything different from a meat rabbit or any other rabbits other than perhaps they are initially bred for nefarious reasons.
I loveee the fourth photo…love the way he is moving…so cute…
Yes a rabbit is a rabbit……. Billy was bred to be eaten….. Now he is running free in our backyard…. And such a special boy……..
He is adorable !
Running free in the backyard ?
Yes we have a very secure backyard where Billy runs free during the day..
@annmaree – there is a close-up photo of Cincinnati in the September pictures thread. It’s the only clear one I’ve ever gotten. He’s hard to photograph!
My first 3 bunnies were bred for meat. Guinevere, Morgana, and Merlin. After Merlin went to Rainbow Bridge, I adopted Lancelot from the humane society. Merlin was just plain awesome. Morgana was very skittish. Still the shy-est of the lot. Guin can be quite grumpy, but she is super sweet and extremely snuggly. She and Merlin were the snugliet pair of bunnies I have ever seen. Lancelot is a sweet character himself. He demands his petting from me.
Hi Vanessa, what breed where your meat bunnies.. Is that them in your avatar.. Mine was a Flemish and he has the most sweetest layed back nature I have ever seen in a bunny. I have owned smaller bunnies before and they have been soo sweet too, but nothing compared to a Flemish, completely different..
Just found the thread.. Very cute, thanks Boing……….
Yip, thats them in the avatar. Guin is a white california/new zealand mix. Merlin was a red new zealand. Morgana is a california/rex mix. They told me they were experimenting with that combination. I guess they bred her for a large fur rabbit. Lancelot who I adopted is a lop. I’ve never had a flemish giant. But 4 bunnies is enough…
Heart breaking topic.
Lucky isn’t a word of give to an animal being given the right to live I’d call it normal. It’s the other ones that aren’t lucky but deprived.
There is no humane way to murder anything.
Nice to hear some are saved
Yes i’m so grateful I got to give one a great home, but left so many behind..
It’s the world that’s wrong not you you can’t save them all if you did all your rabbits would suffer because you couldn’t afford them all.
I could have gone near and left them though. So I understand your pain.
I suppose if you had lots of money you could have bought them all nd dropped them off at an animal shelter at least hey would have a more humane end and wouldn’t be cut up and eaten.
I wish I didn’t live on the same planet as the monsters we call humans .not all at bad though.
Devil’s advocate… when we buy a meat rabbit, aren’t we just keeping them in business?
My reduced price of $20 might keep them in business, but at least he won’t be on someone’s dinner plate..
Well no because if they make money from selling as pets maybe they will see its more productive and convert.
But yes I wouldn’t want to give them money because then they can buy more to cause suffering to.
This breeder had 3 females and 1 male.
I didn’t know she was breeding them for eating. I was just looking to buy a Flemish bunny for my daughter. I received an email from a lady saying she had some Flemish babies if I wanted to come see them. When my daughter picked out what bunny she wanted and was holding him, I gave the owner $20 and she then told me she breeds them to sell for meat..
I didn’t purposely go searching for a meat rabbit breeder. I was just looking for a bunny for my daughter.. And no there was no bunnies at my local shelter as that was the first place I called..
And he’s not on your dinner plate he’s running around free in my backyard..
Just a thought. I do love my bunnies. I wouldn’t swap them or “un”-buy them . I’m glad they are in my care and not on a dinner plate. I didn’t search for a meat rabbit breeder either. When I first got my bunnies, I was quite the newbie. I got my rabbits from 2 different places. Not knowing much at the time, I just thought, wow – lots of rabbits and lots of cages. Now that I’ve had more time with my bunnies, I realize how horrible their lives must have been, in those small cages.
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