Retract Cruel Rabbit Video & Promote Responsible Rabbit Care
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What kind of message is Nat Geo showing their viewers?
There is nothing cute about this video and it is not an adorable game of hide and seek.
In our opinion, sadly many rabbits will suffer and die because of this misleading message being promoted.
What the story failed to mention is that setting domestic rabbits loose is a Death Sentence, and encouraging a predator to hunt and chase a prey animal is Cruel, Inhumane and Terrorizing.
A knowledgeable bunny person would know that Petey's posture in the video tells he is defending his claimed territory and his life while displaying excitement and agitation.
Some rabbits are more territorial than others, but many rabbits will be very angry if you reach into their homes. If you do so, anticipate getting charged at, pounded hard with pointy-tipped paws, and even bitten.
It is stated the rabbit has bitten Ellie and shown Ellie's mouth grabbing the rabbit.
Ellie and Petey's videos are posted on Youtube, one especially appalling and cruel video named "Ellie enlists Charlie to help take on Petey".
Here people "Laugh" while Two dogs team up barking and chasing Petey, a prey animal who is running Terrified for his life.
According to this hazard-herald.com article
The family set rabbits loose on their farm while stating they had concerns the dog would hurt them; that the biggest threat to the dog and rabbits friendship was when Petey chose another rabbit, Darla, as his mate. Darla and Petey had babies, then the article mentioned that Darla died.
The article goes on to state that they thought Petey had died from dehydration once and they do not expect him to live much longer and hopes one of the baby rabbits will take his place with Ellie. Is this entire rabbit family being hunted and chased in fear for their lives for human amusement? How did Darla die, are any of her babies still alive?
Although there can be friendships between dogs and domestic rabbits, this happens under close supervision. With many dogs, the hunting instinct is buried deep below generations of domestication. After being harassed by a playful dog a rabbit can go into a terminal state of shock and symptoms may not show up for several hours, and by then it may be too late.
Rabbits also have small, fragile bones and can be severely injured by unintentional mishandling and have been known to break their backs struggling to escape predators or inexperienced caretakers.
It is nothing short of a Miracle that Petey survived this type of cruelty.
Reports of stray rabbits are increasing and the stories are horrifying.
In reality, a prey animal such as a helpless domestic rabbit lacks the wild instincts of their cousins and become sitting targets when "set free" or allowed to "free roam" in a family yard where predators may have no fear of humans when hungry. There are many dangers for domestic rabbits outdoors, disease, toxins, pests, human predators and weather. If stray rabbits live long enough to breed many of the babies are killed or eaten alive and for the one's that survive, the cruel cycle continues. If the rabbits populate and become a nuisance they are then poisoned or otherwise killed by humans.
Nat Geo Wild’s David Mizejewski makes monthly appearances on various TV shows and has participated as a wildlife expert in press events, is a media personality, author, blogger and a naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation, however, he seems to have no education on domestic rabbit care and is teaching a cruel and inhumane practice to the entire world.
National Geographic claims to be one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational institutions in the world.
The Rabbit Community is outraged at the thought that others will imitate this irresponsible practice of setting their domestic rabbits loose. We the Petitioners respectfully request a retraction of this program. We further request that they contact the President of the House Rabbit Society to offer education on proper care of domesticated rabbits. It is especially important at this time when so many people are being misled to buy live Easter Bunnies for their children.
We also hope the family will educate themselves on proper care for their rabbits and provide them with a safe living area and necessities; instead of believing prey animals are playing, being cute or entertaining when being terrorized by a predator.
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