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As we all know, there are now 2 sides to this rabbit hobby namely Just For Pets and Rabbit Showing. For the adults or in the OPEN it can be extremely competitive among serious breeders and it got me thinking what will the youth or young children learn from this wonderful hobby. Here’s my take on this topic:
Sense of responsibility
Having pet rabbits as a hobby does teach our children to be responsible for another living being. It also teaches them discipline as their pets must be watered and fed on a fixed routine. They have the opportunity to watch and learn the life cycle of a pet from young till death. There are many things that they will learn from keeping a pet healthy at all time.
When they get into the Rabbit Showing sport, they will be introduced to other children their and also with the same hobby. They will learn how to socialize and at times learn how to be tactful in handling emotions of other children. As children always learn from their elders, we just have to be careful and to ensure they do not get entangled in the adult world. When they are good at honing social skills, that will help them handle human interaction issues better.
To be honest, having pet rabbits on its own is far more less damaging than having children in the showing sports. Introducing them to the showing sports would mean introducing dynamics and complexity into the hobby for them. Yes, he or she may not be in the run to win it but it does not mean someone he or she knows isn’t as well. And it all really depends on how much you want to protect your children.
The reason why I am writing this is because, I was able to see for myself the heartache in a child when he/she did not do well with his/her rabbit. The disappointment that shows on the face really tears my heart and that is something I will definitely not forget the next time I ever organize any rabbit competition.
The show arena is definitely somewhere to toughen up your kids!
Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a must watch in my opinion. I really enjoyed the show and the messages were very clear and I would like to take some time to write about my thoughts of these messages. Comparing this one with all the previous versions, I really think that the story line and the entire setting of the movie was far more realistic without monkeys in space suits. This one’s more reasonable in theory.
Here are the messages I took home after watching this interesting movie:
1. Animals are always misunderstood
Carrots are rabbits’ staple food is enough to describe this point. Nature has got its way of telling us something but we are always too preoccupied to observe and be sensitive to these subtle nudges. We tend to impose our human needs unto animals forgetting to let nature take its course. Although the ecosystem and organisms are very diverse and complex, each has its part to play and collectively make this planet what it is. In the wild nature cleans up the weak and make way for the strong to survive and proliferate. Unfortunately, many a times human try to intervene based on their emotions. We place our feelings before us and try to save what is not meant to be saved because we failed to understand and forget how nature works. In the movie, all the apes wanted was to be free and be in a place where they belong – the forest.
2. Human should never play God
Extending from the previous point, as humans we have been blessed with intelligence far greater than any other organisms on this planet and by having intelligence, we rule over all other organisms. We domesticate animals and even breed them in captivity thinking it would be best for the species. Conservation is good but it would be better without us damaging the earth and using conservation as damage control. All the apes wanted was to get to the other side of the bridge to where the forest is. Seemed like too much to ask?
3. Humans are always dramatic, over reacts and over exaggerating
When the apes started acting unruly (to fight for freedom & to be where they belong), the humans started using firearms on them. Blocking off both ends of the bridge in the effort of stopping the apes from crossing the bridge. It does not make sense and seemed silly to me that they do not allow the apes to get to their destination. It seemed pointless what they were doing. So as you can see, the apes were merely acting upon their instinct while the humans over reacted.
As you can see, the humans really can stir up some major drama (stupid monkey!). A drama huge enough for a MAJOR BLOCKBUSTER! I absolutely enjoyed the movie and I believe everyone should watch it!
One of my favourite computer games when I was younger was Lemmings. It is quite similar to the modern day Angry Bird puzzle game that many have came to be addicted to. Lemmings in real life are small rodents similar to hamsters and the mice. I am not sure why they were given such a “stupid” image in the game but it was definitely frustrating at times when they fall short of the instructions given by the player.
The objective of the game is to rescue the whole herd of lemmings from inevitable death by using different skill sets to escape the puzzle. This game only tells you one thing – A Good Leader (you) can save an entire herd of Lemmings from extinction.
I am sure by now you will somehow understand my point and where I am coming from. As of late, I cannot help but to notice how easy it is for new comers in the rabbit hobby to be mislead. To a point that I must state the obvious and when I do that, it puts me in a bad light. Unfair isn’t it?
Things I have noticed happening:-
1) Oops, made a mistake which buck we use as STUD for you (If you didn’t ask, we will never tell). Shit hits the fan when kits of unexpected colour starts appearing in the litter – this is really NO CLASS. THIS IS CHEATING
2) Hyping up one’s herd credibility through many unscrupulous means and selling pets for brood/show quality price. Taking advantage of people without knowledge. THIS IS CHEATING
3) Selling pregnant does without informing buyer (you never ask, we will never tell). THIS IS DISHONEST
4) Promising rabbits with GC Legs when they really do not. Even original pedigrees are sure to be lost in the mail (freaking lame excuse). THIS IS CHEATING
5) All the above are given MERITS and SUPPORTED! THIS IS LEMMING!
With so much loose ends, I start to wonder if these irresponsible seller/broker/breeder or whatever you call them, give you what you paid for. Somehow their actions make me doubt further. People like that are capable of anything. Promise you a rabbit through photo but in real life it is a different rabbit, giving you a fake pedigree and even a mixed breed rabbit does not seem impossible.
Everyone love the convenience and depends on hearsay. “I heard this line is good so it is expensive. Never mind, as long as good I can spend a lot”. And soon, one after another just like the lemmings, they follow suit to inevitable death. Every lines has got its different quality if you do not already know. If only you care to learn how to distinguish between them. That’s if you really care. The same thing applies to unscrupulous rabbit sellers and it is very easy to put them out of business – WHEN THE BUYING STOPS, THE CHEATING WILL TOO!
If telling the truth is unpopular (which has always been since the existence of mankind), what should or can be done? I guess nothing. So I’ll leave you to continue supporting/encouraging and being mislead. I have grown and am done playing the LEMMINGS game.
I must also point out that this rabbit thing to some is pretty important as it has become their source of income and having the need to survive, has turn to immoral approaches. Pity is one thing but how many can you take pity? I am happy to be able to write and express my opinions through my observation without a care for anything because really (and again), this is just a hobby for me and not life or death situation. For some it is TOP PRIORITY – one rabbit not sold would mean no food for a day (sad but true).
And the point of this post really is, I just wanted to wish all of you, HAPPY BEING CHEATED!