Friday, 8 July 2011

Help BunnyHugga Say NO to battery farmed meat in pet food

Say NO to battery farmed meat in pet food - Full details

These days a growing number of people are very conscious of the meat they are eating and the farming methods used to produce it.  We deliberately choose free range or at least humanely farmed meat.  But do we think about the meat in our dog and cat food?  Probably not.  The truth is that the huge majority of pet food brands contain battery or inhumanely farmed meat.

Our aims are:
1. To raise public awareness and encourage pet food companies to switch to humanely farmed or free range meat products

2. To promote the brands which do not contain battery or inhumanely farmed meat.  These are:-
Almo Nature
Arden Grange
Bern Pet Foods
James Wellbeloved
John Burns
Royal Canin

Whilst our main concern is rabbit welfare, it is impossible to run this campaign without including all animals used in pet food.  There are brands which include no rabbit meat but do include battery farmed chicken; therefore, unfortunately we are unable to promote these companies until they change their policies.

Please take a moment to sign our petition; this takes the form of an open letter which will be sent to all the pet food manufacturers not listed above, asking them to consider changing their policies on the source of their meat products.
If you are an organisation and would like to lend your support to this campaign, please email us at

Monday, 27 June 2011

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Help Four Paws to stop battery farming (rabbits)

The Four Paws organisation have been campaining to stop the battery/intensive farming of rabbits in the UK, after succesfully exposing the state of some rabbit farms here.
There is an 'Early Day Motion' debate taking place in Westmister about this very subject soon.

If enough MP's signatures are gathered, MP's have more chance of persuading the Govt. to take this further.

Four Paws  is asking the concerned members of the public to e-mail their MP to request that they support the motion.

Details of how to do this (and see if your MP is already signed up, or not) are available at the Four Paws website

Hopping Mad co-authored a paper with Dr Anne McBride on farming rabbits for their summer edition, which covers many aspects of this debate in terms of welfare and resources. Please consider including this link, to provide your MP with more informed information on which to make a decision: have conducted a petition which has raised nearly 10,000 signatures to date. Please include this web link in your e-mail, which demonstrates the level of public concern: there is debate about the petition and campaign on the Facebook site:


Friday, 17 June 2011

Important announcement re: Hopping Mad bunny magazine.

It has been brought to our attention that the web host for ‘Hopping Mad’ has a couple of problems regarding security and linking. Users of Norton Anti-Virus software have reported to us that they are being warned about entering the site. The warning is clear that the issue lies not with ‘Hopping Mad!’, but with another site on the same server, and as such posed no risk. However, we recognise that readers rightly felt they did not want to enter the site. The report was exclusive to users of Norton, and we have not had reports of any further problems. The site, we suspect because of this, was unable to be linked through to Facebook.

Naturally this is both a great concern and disappointment to us – a lot of time goes into producing the e-zine, and experts and contributors give their time freely. ‘Hopping Mad!’ is produced with absolutely no funding, and yesterday a reader very kindly donated the e-zine both secure web space and a domain address. We are very grateful, and would request that readers now use the URL

Our new e-mail is

We’d also be grateful if those that have included our link in articles, etc. could replace it, and that readers now share the e-zine on Facebook etc.




Monday, 13 June 2011

Hopping Mad! Summer edition out now

Hopping Mad! Bunny Magazine publishes their summer issue! - Click HERE!

Tons of features, articles expert health questions, art, film reviews, interviews and much, much more - It's free and on Line!

Friday, 27 May 2011

Terence Blacker: Standing up for rabbits' rights

The Independent, 27 May 2011

"You might be slightly hazy as to Rabbit Awareness Week's specific aims. Rabbits are, apparently, the third most-popular pet in Britain – there are about two million in cages and hutches across the country. Around three out of four, the RSPCA reports, are seriously maltreated. Pet shops sell them as commodities. They are given to children, often with less thought than the acquisition of a computer game. They are subsequently underfed or misfed, kept in cramped, disgusting conditions. Vets report than no pets are so casually ignored and mistreated. The RSPCA has rescued 33,000 of the luckless creatures over the past three years."

Following recent radio interviews where BBC presenters have thought it funny to suggest pet rabbits are devoured,  this come as a pleasant surprise....

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Giant rabbits from The Blue Cross help care home residents

24 May 2011 Three giant rabbits from The Blue Cross are helping people with dementia after being adopted by staff at a care home. 
Blue Cross

Peach, Pear and Plum are looked after by residents at Enstone House and staff say caring for the pets has improved their mental well-being and happiness.

Recent research has suggested that, as well as bringing emotional and physical benefits to owners, pets could also have a positive impact on the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

Caroline Dyett, manager of the care home in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, says: “It helps the residents, it gives them something to nurture and get involved with and it is definitely a talking point.”