Yesterday, it was International Rabbit Day. This day is apparently celebrated on every fourth Saturday or Sunday in September. The House Rabbit Society describes this celebration in the following way:
On International Rabbit Day, we think about the many ways that rabbits bring joy to our lives, and also the many ways in which they are harmed, by hunting, eating, medical experimentation, product testing, fur-farming, and living isolated lives in outdoor hutches. House Rabbit Society’s mission states that “ALL rabbits are valuable as individuals, regardless of breed purity, temperament, state of health, or relationship to humans. The welfare of all rabbits is our primary consideration. In line with our mission, we are against the exploitation of rabbits…Domestic rabbits are companion animals and should be afforded at least the same individual rights, level of care, and opportunity for longevity as commonly afforded to dogs and cats who live as human companions.”
Not much to add! I’m not entirely sure I agree 100% with this, because obviously, people do breed rabbits for meat and for fur, and I don’t think there is anything wrong with that. As long as they make sure their rabbits have a good life, even if it is short. Rabbits are historically livestock. But they have developed into companion animals, and those who are should be cared for with the same commitment as we care for dogs and cats. Yes, definitely.
So to celebrate International Rabbit Day, I treated them all to some cauliflower leaves, freshly picked from the field, and put my mind to giving them all names and identities of their own. Our original inhabitants already had names, but the youngest/newest ones not yet. Here are some of them:
Greetings from Shelly, Fluffy (she was already named when we got her), Ginger, Misty, Dolly and Blue! They like cuddling together, hiding in boxes, destroying cartons, eating greens and chewing straw. They love their outside time, but are also happy to go back into their pens. That’s home for them, and they will defend their homes fiercely against other rabbits. They don’t mind chickens, cats or humans going in though 🙂
Happy International Rabbit Day! Cuddle a bunny in celebration! 🙂 ❤