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Just Pets

May 22, 2012

Lately we’ve been contacting our legislators with concerns about the APHIS/USDA amendment that could target rabbit breeders as well as farm animals as “pets” and require inspections and licensing. It’s represented that this is to increase the care of animals in puppy mills.

We’re asking for assistance, outright, in getting our representatives to get this taken down and buried.

…we would narrow the definition of retail pet store so that it means a place of
business or residence that each buyer physically enters in order to personally observe the animals available for sale prior to purchase and/or to take custody of the animals after purchase, and where only certain animals are sold or offered for sale, at retail, for use as pets.”

Further:

“Currently, anyone selling, at retail, the following animals for use as pets are considered retail pet stores: Dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils,
rats, mice, gophers, chinchilla, domestic ferrets, domestic farm animals, birds, and cold-blooded species.”

Now what determines a pet? We raise show and meat rabbits, but if we sell an animal with a pedigree, and the new owner considers it a pet, then what?

At the same time we hear that farmers are horrible and don’t care about animals except what we can get from them. So I thought I’d share a few of our animals that are not paying their way from productive sales standpoints!

Kitty ~ Military Macaw

corn snakes

 

Diva & Missy

Cloud/Rain

Chase

Bella & Queenie

Queenie & Chase were within hours of euthanasia. Bella was nearing going to the pound. None of these add to the bottom line – but cost to care for. They provide no income, but are not useless.

While some may have been produced randomly, others were bred by someone, somewhere. We appreciate healthy “just pets” – and realize some have larger animals as pets also.

The vast majority of people do take care of their pets. Those who don’t lose them, perhaps forever. We don’t know what Queenie & Chase’s backgrounds are. That doesn’t justify punishing breeders.

We appreciate your support.

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