Angry too to hear about badly the person I sold this bunny to, took advantage of the new owner. I have decided that if I think a bunny should be sold as a PET animal and not a breeder, I won't let someone talk me out of that decision.
It got me thinking about other decisions I have made over the years.
Have a goal
Breed for health
Your Goals are your own
Keep your rabbits in good conditions, fed, watered, and treated kindly. And let others do the same even if their end goal varies from yours. What does it matter to you, me or anyone else?
Strong meat rabbits... cull the smaller or scrawny.
Pet buns... cull the nervous, biting, neurotic, sick animals dead. Sell the rest. Get a reputation for selling steady calm animals.
Show animals... snippy noses, bad ears, narrow rear, cull them all.
Culling doesn't need to be killing animals, it could mean sending them off to a new home instead. Keep only what furthers your end goals
Share your Knowledge
Sometimes that means having a child over for a day so they can "earn a rabbit". You talk bunnies all day, teach them how to care for them, feed them, and things to be watchful for. It's a good thing to do.
Another time it might mean joining a facebook group, or a rabbit forum and when someone says "help", offering your help.
I have learned that what I say on a meat rabbit forum can be phrased fairly bluntly, but saying the same thing on a pet rabbit forum sometimes means careful rewording. It is often a different lingo AND mindset and you need to respect the person you are talking to.
ERGO: I don't sell animals from my property. When people send me letters after buying a rabbit condemning everything about me and my house and lifestyle choices, I don't need to have you on my property to buy a young rabbit.
Don't overshare about your life. Stick to the topic at hand. Talk bunnies, or mice, or the weather if you must. But keep your personal life out of the conversation. Encourage folks to join a rabbit club, or come to a show, be helpful and supportive and encourage them to broaden their horizons. :)
Have a fairly clear sale policy. Just so people know what your policies are. Don't lock yourself into a long-term commitment beyond providing email support. State whether or not you take animals back, or if you provide a guarantee (or don't), and be honest about the animals you have.