There are pictures of rabbits in cages - in CLEAN cages on that website. And you can tell the conditions of rabbits through pictures - the rabbits are bright and healthy. If they are showing and their rabbitry is registerd with the ARBA then the rabbits and conditions are obviously up to standard.
Yes - i hear you on the cruel conditions from people who "breed". I 100% get you on that and it IS horrible what some people do. The problem is, not everyone is like that. There are lots of good and responsible breeders out there. We all get accused of treating animals the way some over run places do. It is NOT true, and there is a lot of false info. One of my good friend has over 300 rabbits, and over 300 guinea pigs. They are ALL in good conditions and all looked after. There are SO many responsible people out there that the "pet people" ( what breeders call them) dont see. They ONLY see what they want to and only see the "bad" stuff. They pick out any little thing and flip.
The ones being dumped in shelters are most likely not from breeders like the one that was listed above. A lot of stock gets sold to other breeders, and a lot of stock not good enough for the show table is butchered or found appropriate pet homes.
Breeders find it okay to take to shows because rabbits are health checked. Any rabbit looking ill is banned from the show. Simple as that. Also, because its a community of fellow breeders. Everyone knows everyone, and trust. A show herd is also isolated from the main herd after the show to make sure they didn't catch anything there. The fear of ever getting snuffles is HUGE in rabbit breeders. You dont know how scary that disease is. If a rabbit sneezes it is OUT in isolation right away. No one can risk getting that into their rabbits. THAT is why. Pet people may have it on them, breeders most likely wouldnt.
I am not trying to start an argument AT ALL. Please do not take this like that. I am just trying to show you the other side to this.
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Oh, yeah, because photos taken for marketing purposes are accurate depictions of conditions - did you just fall off a turnip truck or something to think that's the case? Working in rescue I have seen for myself that what's on the glossy web site is not indicative of anything. I know of ones that looked just lovely which were closed down and hundreds of animals hauled away for the cruel conditions under which the stock was kept.
No kidding. That's why there are so many rabbits and other small animals dumped in shelters or rescues (or set loose to fend for themselves). No need to keep that cycle up.
I wonder - why is it that these breeders feel it's perfectly fine to take their stock to shows, where there will be thousands of people and other rabbits - yet it's "too dangerous" to have ONE person in their rabbitry because THAT might spread disease?