Petition pet stores to stop selling products that are unhealthy for rabbits.

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Rabbits are one of the most popular pets in the world and deserve to be cared for like family. As pets they depend on their owners to keep them healthy, however the majority of products sold for rabbits are detrimental to their health. Many owners that don't know better, fall prey to colourful fun looking products that are unhealthy and even deadly for their pet. 

There are many scientific studies that show mixed rabbit food containing seeds and other colourful pieces can result in health problems for rabbits. Mixed rabbit foods often promote selective eating that can lead to calcium deficiency, metabolic bone disease and dental disease in rabbits. These conditions can cause a rabbit a lifetime of pain, and cause the owner years of expensive veterinary visits. Despite these known problems, mixed rabbit foods continue to be widely sold.

 Other products sold for rabbits can also be detrimental to their health. Many treats marketed for rabbits (eg, yogurt drops, seed chews, rice puffs etc..) contain artificial dyes, artificial flavors and ingredients like grains, seeds and dairy which do not belong in a rabbits diet and are very unhealthy for them. Many toys sold for rabbits also contain harmful dyes and glue which can cause rabbits to develop serious health problems like gastrointestinal stasis.

In addition, cages sold for rabbits are pitifully tiny and promote incorrect ideas about rabbit housing requirements. The house rabbit society recommends any rabbit reguardless of size have a minimum of 12 square feet of floor space, but there are very few (if any) cages available that meet this minimum suggestion. Cages that are too small often results in rabbits developing health problems like sore hocks and behavioral problems like stereotypies.

The health and happiness of a pet is the responsibility of its owner. However it is difficult for owners to keep their pets happy and healthy, when the stores they rely on for their pets are selling eye catching products that look great but in reality are terrible for their pets health. Pet Rabbits rabbits have the potential to live 8-14 years, however many rabbits never make it to their second birthday due to lack of proper food and housing.

This petition calls upon pet store brands and regulatory agencies to change the products that are being sold for rabbits, to make and sell products that are better for the health of rabbit so they may live long, happy and healthy lives.