I have a name and reputation for selling quiet, friendly, make you smile at them for their silliness bunnies that grow up to be sound mature adults with a modicum of proper handling by their owners. I educate their owners as much as I possibly can. It's what I do.
I don't have a problem with people selling rabbits at Easter as long as they are consistent in what they do year round.
My prices are higher than the average "pet bunny, I've raised them, now I want to dump them on somebody and I don't much care who". (you know the free or $5-15 bunnies).
YET... people want to villify me for what I do.
I have often talked with people who ask me... where are all the bunnies? why can I only buy the bunnies I want at Easter? I don't know what to tell them. I don't get it either.
But yet the people who BUY at Easter (even if they've been looking for a while for JUST what they want) and those who sell year round are treated just like those who breed specifically for the holidays and don't really care who they sell to or why someone wants them.
This happens every year....and I don't get it.
YES...I understand the vexation of dealing with the "I want a cute bunny for Easter". These people just want to make a deal and get a cute little thing for their kids. They RARELY come to me since I don't offer that really good deal and I DON'T hold bunnies for Easter morning pickup. On the rare occasion that those folks come to me, I say is come, borrow a bunny. Pay me some rent. Enjoy bunny for a week. It's all good to me and teaches them a thing or two. They are happy, the bunny comes back healthy and life continues (and no one gets hurt). And no bunny gets dumped.
I don't deserved to "be kicked" for selling at Easter. I don't deserve to be "kicked" for responding to those emails of "I just want a cute bunny" if someone chooses to email me.
There are folks who perhaps should be encouraged to take a longer term viewpoint....but so should the buyers.
Why are the breeder/sellers villified?
Why aren't the "I want six darling bunnies to buy for the absolute cheapest price I can manage", "or get me the cutest, youngest, fluffiest bunny you can find"... Should they not be held accountable?
The Easter Season is no different (to me) than any other time of the year.
People need to make responsible decisions.
And that is ALL that should mattter.
Buyer or seller....are you making a responsible, reasoned decision regardless of the time of year?
Slight rant over now....can you tell I've had one too many "you are a horrid person" emails???