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Old 11-11-2012, 12:24 PM   #1
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http://www.8womendream.com/35260/living-the-american-dream-sometimes-requires-a-leap-of-faith/

Here is a lovely story full of hope and inspiration....About a mother who decided the best way to teach her young daughter about responsibility was to release the pet bunny into the wild....Sadly I am not heart warmed!

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Lets ask Ms.Croft to please write a blog educating people on the cruelty of abandoning domestic animals in the wild. Let her know that you do not find her story at all inspirational or touching. I am sure she will appreciate it....


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Old 11-11-2012, 01:10 PM   #2
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Ugh, how awful. I wrote to her. I tried to be polite and informative and not nasty. Poor rabbit. I hope he's found the ultimate freedom by now, since being alone in the wild was probably not all that fun.



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Old 11-11-2012, 01:52 PM   #3
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That is too bad. I think she had good intentions behind it because she felt bad for the bunny being trapped in a cage but she no doubtedly released it to it's death. That was a white rabbit! No way it could hide poor thing.

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Old 11-11-2012, 04:18 PM   #4
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I just felt my blood pressure surge!
I have FAITH that, that poor whiter than white rabbit got eaten before lived out his first week in the woods.

Thats horrible! How is that a learning lesson for your freaking kid? Teach your kid how to keep a freaking promise and take care of her responsibilities. Or just take care of the animal yourself like all parents do when a kid gets a pet. Its never the kids pet other than in title.

Oh my god, I'm really pissed right now. That makes me sick! And to put it up like its some great thing...

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Old 11-11-2012, 05:51 PM   #5
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wow, she signed the poor bunny's death warrant and is actually PROUD of this... what a horrible mom! you shouldn't set a bunny free in the woods any more than you'd set your own child "free" in the woods to fend for themselves!

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Old 11-11-2012, 07:11 PM   #7
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Wow... Just wow...

She even mentions right in the bloody first couple paragraphs about the coyotes and cougars and hawks in her area... And she doesn't think a WHITE rabbit is going to stick out like a sore thumb?

She is PROUD that her daughters beloved PET is going to be ripped apart by predators?

And that cage was never, by any means, a "large hutch, if that cage is what she was referencing to.

Ugh, definitely need to write in about this.

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Old 11-11-2012, 07:17 PM   #8
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agnesthelion wrote:

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That is too bad. I think she had good intentions behind it because she felt bad for the bunny being trapped in a cage but she no doubtedly released it to it's death. That was a white rabbit! No way it could hide poor thing.
Agreed 100% So sad
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Old 11-11-2012, 09:05 PM   #9
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On the actual article, no more comments are permitted-- such a shame. So it remains where it is.

The author, on the other hand, can be emailed as Katie suggested.

I wrote her this:

I just read your article from "8WomenDream." I'm afraid it did not inspire as intended. Rather I was saddened and disturbed. I can see that you did what you felt was best, but I'm afraid it was sorely misguided and so it inadvertently sent a horrible message to your children and your readers.

Domestic rabbits are completely different creatures than wild rabbits. Domestic rabbits are completely incapable of fending for themselves in the wild. For instance, domestic rabbits have completely lost the ability to know what plants are toxic to them. They will happily munch on a poisonous plant (if not prevented from doing so by us humans ) and can die within hours of doing so. That alone, would be reason enough to never release a domestic rabbit into the wild. Also, since domestics in the US descend from European rabbits, they are genetically incapable of successfully breeding with any US wild rabbit. I don't think I even need to mention that a pure white rabbit would make an easy target for any number of predators.

So, I'm afraid your actions, while well-intended, taught the wrong lesson. Domestic rabbits should not ever be released into the wild. It is cruel and a virtual death sentence. The far better option would have been to build a larger hutch with an attached run. If you had only researched more about rabbits and provided appropriate care, THAT would have been a good life lesson.

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yeah, I saw the no comments thing... gave it a thumbs-down and a dislike instead ><

I might've considered emailing her if I thought I could muster up even a fraction of the civility you used... unfortunately "what the f--- is wrong with you??" would hardly pass for civil.



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