Daily Archives: January 22, 2009

Tru-Luv Truffles: Day 10 & Other stories

In conjunction with receiving my ARBA membership card, I have also got myself an apron for my future grooming session. I must say it was rather kinky to be wearing an apron with bears on it. How I wish they were rabbit prints. Maybe I should get a plain apron and print TLR logo on it. It would be cute!

Anyhow, here’s how I look like wearing it.

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I didn’t want to join ARBA at first because I felt it was irrelevant since we do not have shows here and I am not an American Breeder. But I realized that I was breeding imports from America so I should be a member too. Furthermore, I could get more news about the ongoing in US and keep abreast with the latest information in the rabbit world.

So I am happy to be a member of both the HLRSC and ARBA now.

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And here’s Truffles:

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Culling: Picking up your own mess!

Following up my post from yesterday, I felt that this topic is quite a hot topic to discuss over. If you have something to say about it, do drop a comment. But for now, I am just going to throw out whatever that is on my mind. Why is this topic on my mind is because I am feeling rather trapped at the moment.

Before I go into the details, I’ll like to ask these 2 self inflicted questions.

We have got no Rabbit Shows in Malaysia so why am I breeding for quality?

Although there is no rabbit shows in Malaysia, it should not be taken as an excuse and reason not to keep top quality rabbits. It is pretty simple. Is there a handbag show in Malaysia? Do you need a handbag show to keep nice handbags or shoes? That’s the same concept just that we are dealing with one with life and one without. I believe strongly, people who knows how to appreciate the Holland Lop deserves much better quality rabbits in Malaysia. I am not talking about those that take rabbits as just….rabbits. Although we do not have shows in Malaysia, it is quite addictive to try get that crown in place, those big stumpy legs or even the nice curvature on the head. And if no one bothers about quality, who would be? And we will be forever stuck with sub standard pets.

Why do I breed in the first place?

I started off breeding with the intention of sharing nice rabbits with fellow enthusiasts. But now, I don’t really know if I should anymore. That’s because no one bothers about quality at all. They care more for their pockets. Very typical of Malaysians. Why pay for an original DVD that cost $100 when you can get it for only $8? It is sad in a way because we always settle for second best. As long look like a rabbit with 2 long ears that droop will be suffice.

These are my concerns sharing my rabbits at the moment:

1) Every pet owner seemed to subscribe to the belief that an animal must complete its life cycle and breeding should be the ultimate goal

2) My rabbits falling into the hands of someone that mix breed them. This is totally wasting one’s time for spending over 10 years developing a breed just to get it all screwed up again in just seconds

3) TLR seemed to be making tons of monies with his rabbits. Perhaps I should try my hand in breeding also

4) Rabbits passed to farms as feeds end up being resold

My question is, MUST we breed every single animal on earth?

So when one decides to breed, I believe as a human being with full awareness and being conscious, should be held responsible for his/her actions. I am starting to accept the fact that breeders must pick up their own mess and not throw the mess unto others.

That is when culling comes in. Not many breeders can practice “DO UNTO OTHERS WHAT YOU WANT OTHERS DO UNTO YOU”. Would you buy rubbish produced by others? If not, please don’t throw rubbish out for others. There has been so many junks labeled as gems sold at such high prices these days and the funny thing is, no one questions the credibility of the producer. I do not think I would want to give other what I do not want myself. That is exactly the reason why I started out breeding.

Lately, I have found so many nice breeders that understand very well why they should not throw junks out for others. Not to take advantage of people and I fully endorse their ideologies and concepts.

So since we do not want to throw junks out for others, how can we clean up the junks? Sell junks as pets? NO way!

The only way is to CULL CULL CULL! For the betterment of the breed and also for the betterment of the human race!

If you can’t accept this concept, then I think you should forget about the original LV and GUCCI apparels you had your eyes on. I believe you want nice things too and to get nice things, don’t we all pay the prices?

Rabbits has been listed as the 3rd most abandoned pet in the United States. Let’s not make it the 1st in Malaysia.

All I can say at the moment is, people cull to give other the best. Those that do not cull passes on junks that will end up producing more junks and the vicious cycle continues.

So will I cull?

I would consider it if I am forced to the brink of self destruction. Ever seen an animal die in extreme stressful situation? Yes, looking at how the general public is treating rabbits, I will consider culling. In short, the environment has taught me to be very selfish and I rather kill rabbits than to have them fall into irresponsible hand which is worst when more suffering animals are produced off them.

As for now, if rabbits do not matter to me, why would I bother even to post my concerns? Think about it…

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