Posts Tagged ‘green lifestyle’

Come fly with me. Away from the litterbox.

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

(Just to let you know in advance, this post is about poo. And flies.)

You know how a cat box will sometimes attract those big fat houseflies that love eating cat poo? Yummy. Anyway, rabbit boxes will sometimes attract cute little fruit flies, because rabbits are cute little vegetarians and have cute little poo. (What, they do.) Of course, fruit flies are still annoying and probably bad for the rabbits to be around, so here’s a rabbit- and environment-safe way to get rid of them:

“At the Oakland shelter, we have used fly traps near the litterboxes (but out
of rabbits’ reach) to control the fruit fly population in the rabbit room.

Here’s a recipe for a very easy, non-toxic fruit fly trap that works (this
is what we use at the shelter):

- 1/4 cup of. Vinegar
- 1/4 cup of Sugar
- Water

Put first 2 ingredients in and put enough water in a jar to make it about
1/2 full and punch a couple holes in the lid.

Let us know if it works for you!”

Extra thanks to our volunteer Anne Martin for the great advice!

Other suggestions included replacing the whole bag of litter, and making sure there’s no composting vegetable matter laying around in house that they could be laying their eggs in. (We all know it happens.)

And to make up for ickyness, here’s Itsy and Bitsy:

Bunnies. Don’t eat them. Just… don’t.

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

It goes without saying that SaveABunny does not condone the consumption of bunnies. We spend a lot of time and energy trying to, you know, save them.

So when we see rabbit on the menu at local restaurants, our knee-jerk reaction is to grab the waiter by the apron and cry at him, “How could you??? THEY’RE BUNNIES FOR CHRIST SAKE! BUNNIES!!!” Fortunately we’re able to contain ourselves (most of the time), but unfortunately for those restaurants, we have a blog with which to let out all that pent-up frustration.

Before I go naming names, I’m going to back up a little and try to give this issue a fair analysis. Because it’s not just one or two restaurants – it’s a growing trend. And it’s restaurants we used to like, serving people who care about the same things we do. (Except apparently bunnies.) So what’s the deal?

A report was released by the UN a couple years ago about  how the livestock industry is a larger factor in global warming than transportation. That’s right – you might drive a Prius and carry canvas bags with you to Whole Foods, but if you’re still eating steak, we get to blame you when Florida disappears. (Or was it thank you?)  Now if you haven’t heard about this yet, it’s not because I’m making it up – it’s because no one cares. The agriculture industry is in the pockets of every politician between Fresno and – well, anyway, I’m not here to rant. I’m here to talk about bunnies. My point is, it’s the high-end, organic, local-produce-touting restaurants that are serving rabbit – because it’s more eco-friendly than beef. Which sucks because we liked the high-end, organic, local-produce-touting restaurants. I mean come on, we’re based in Marin.

I can’t really argue with their reasoning – I’ve mentioned how eco-friendly rabbits are before. I might even be flattered that I somehow influenced their decision – if they weren’t TOTALLY MISSING THE POINT AND KILLING THEM INSTEAD OF LOVING THEM.

What I can do is say this, to all of you who might go to these restaurants or work in them or even own them:

1. “Meat rabbits” are not somehow different than pet rabbits. Many of the rabbits we rescue were bred and raised for meat, and they are loving, affectionate, intelligent creatures who make wonderful pets.

2. “Eco-friendly” does not mean cruelty-free. The rabbits raised for meat at these restaurants spend their lives in tiny cages, live short, unstimulating lives, and simply get culled when they get sick. They never get to run free, hop in the grass, stretch out in the sun, dig a hole, chew up a phonebook, do binkies on a fluffy bedspread, have their ears groomed by another bunny, or grow old. They’re born, they spend some time in a cage, and then they die. That’s it.

3. Rabbits are intelligent, social animals, who live ten years or more. They learn tricks, have unique personalities, and form lasting bonds with each other, with humans, and with other pets.

4. The real eco-friendly option is to not eat meat at all. As illustrated by the UN report on agriculture that I mentioned earlier.

On that note, the restaurants we no longer go to because they serve bunnies can be found here.

If you know of any others, send ‘em over.

Bunny. They should get a bunny. Seriously.

Friday, November 7th, 2008

With the economy in shambles, the ice caps melting, two wars, and nuclear weapons practically everywhere, there’s one issue the media has turned to now that the election is over: “OMG what kind of puppy are the Obamas gonna get?!?!”

From the BBC News:

He did not mention any specific breed, but said the family’s preference was to adopt a dog from a shelter, “a mutt – like me”, he added. Mr Obama said they had to find a pet that would not trigger an allergy of his eldest, Malia.

It is truly admirable and a huge statement for homeless animals everywhere that our incoming president would prefer to adopt a shelter animal. Huge kudos on that.

But allow me to make a suggestion. (Can ya see it coming? Can ya?) That’s right – I think the First Family should adopt a bunny. Here’s why:

1. Considering the eco-friendliness of bunnies, it would send a message to world leaders and environmental groups that Obama is as serious about the environment in his personal life as he is in his rhetoric.

2. As gentle herbivores, a rabbit would be a reminder of the loftiest goal every administration should have: world peace.

3. He will quickly learn to never rush into something without careful examination – because inevitably there will be a rabbit there to trip him if he does.

4. He will always be reminded to eat his vegetables, and so will his little girls, ensuring a healthy and happy stay in the White House.

5. How freaking adorable would it be??

Also, having a bunny conveniently sidesteps Malia’s dog allergies.

So, bunny it is! Come on over and take a look any time, Mr. President-elect! Here’s a few SaveABunny suggestions to inspire you:

Sose:

As charming as they come, Sose could single-pawdedly disarm North Korea, Iran, and Syria all at the same time. I’m not joking.

Sugar:

Nothing makes a big, new house cozier than a super-snuggly snugglebunny.

Bourbon:

When all that political stuff gets too serious, this guy’s antics will make even the Press Secretary remember to smile.

Buddy:

This adorable creature already has experience with kids, and, like our country, is ready for a new chapter!

*While SaveABunny does not recommend rabbits as pets for households with small children, we have a sneaking suspicion the Obama girls are old enough and would totally treat a bunny right.

The ultimate eco-friendly urban pet.

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

That’s right, we’re talking about rabbits. Here’s why:

1. They eat hay. The meat industry produces more greenhouse gasses than all the gas-guzzling SUVs in the world. If you want to keep your cat or dog properly nourished, please, feed them pet food with meat in it. Bunnies, however, are 100% vegan – no guilt, no cows, and sea levels stay where they are just slightly longer.

2. Compost. Sure, if you live an apartment building, you’re probably not growing tomatoes (at least not very well,) but there are urban growing plots and back-yard farm communities in almost every city, where bunny poo and leftover hay would be a much-appreciated contribution. Plus, the new plants absorb carbon, and provide you with food, sans pesticides, salmonella, pollution, and expensive cross-country transportation.

3. No walks! No matter how disgusting your sidewalks are, your dog still needs to get their cute little paws all over them – twice a day. I don’t know what goes on in your urban neighborhood, but in mine…. uuhg. Point being, your bunny stays clean and saves you from dealing with the local riff-raff.

4. Bunnies are the ultimate small-space survivors. Of course, no one wants to be cooped up in a tiny pen, and at SaveABunny we always want our rabbits to have free run at their adopted homes, but even if you live in a one-room studio where you watch TV from your bed and eat breakfast at your desk, if the place fits you, it’ll fit your bunny, too. Seriously- they evolved for tunnels.

5. Impress your friends and confuse your landlord! Cats and dogs require big extra deposits, but rabbits tend to fall in the “small pets” category, and if you work it right, you can save yourself some moolah. Plus, you’ve got an instant ice breaker – sure cats and dogs are cute, but they’re not gona provide any conversation fodder beyond, “Oooh, she’s so cute, what’s her name?” Bunnies, on the other hand, are an urban enigma – no one knows much about them, and what they do know, you can pretty much contradict all night long.

So, there you have it, bunnies are the best pet you could possibly have if you’re an adult living in a city and you care at all about the fate of the world. Plus -

they’re really cute!

(This is Alvin. Don’t tell me you wouldn’t love to give him a little eco-friendly rub behind the ears!)

How to buy stuff you’re already buying anyway and save bunnies while you do it.

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

I shop online. You shop online. Everyone except my grandma shops online, and that’s about to change now that she finally got her internet working. Americans spend millions and millions and millions of dollars online – so how awesome would it be if even a small percentage of that massive pile of consumer money could go to the organization of your choice, without costing you anything?

It would pretty frickin’ awesome. That’s why we got all excited when we learned about iGive. Over 700 companies have teamed up with them to donate a percentage of your online purchases to whatever organization you like. It sounds crazy but it actually makes sense for the companies – by having you shop through iGive (which is really simple – see the entire merchant list here), not only do they cleverly associate themselves with your favorite cause, making you more inclined to shop there, but they also don’t have to pay for the advertising they’re getting until a purchase has already been made – giving them a huge return on investment. (Sorry, I’m a total advertising geek. Didn’t mean to make you fall asleep there.) Anyways, it’s genius. And SaveABunny is one of the organizations you can have them donate to.

I signed up on my lunch break a couple weeks ago and realized I could make almost ALL of my online purchases through them. Clinique and Origins are on the list. Blick Art Materials is on the list. Gardens Alive gives a pretty significant 6%. When I buy a new MacBook through iGive this fall, SaveABunny will get about ten bucks. Adobe is on the list – imagine 3.2% of the cost of your entire office upgrading to Creative Suite 4 going to SaveABunny. That could save a lot of bunnies.

So, in conclusion, check out iGive. The bunnies will thank you for it. In their own way. By being cute.

(That’s Josette. Isn’t she totally adoptably cute?)

Bunnies – they’re not just our friends, they’re our… fertilizer machines?

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

Although it’s not typically a subject we use to promote SaveABunny, we thought we knew everything about… well, rabbit droppings. But we recently learned something new: It may not be a pretty job emptying the litter boxes of 100+ rabbits every day, but all that bunny poo can actually be used to make our gardens prettier.

It makes sense if you think about it – bunnies in the wild eat plants all day, so naturally what goes back into the ground would help the plants be healthier – making more food for bunnies. Nature is full of these beautifully effective recycling systems.

Here’s what we learned from Sloat Garden Guru:

“Rabbit droppings as well as their bedding and uneaten food do in fact make excellent fertilizer/compost. The easiest method would be to passively compost the cage cleanings in a large rubber/plastic garbage can in which holes have been drilled on the bottom and sides. Kitchen scraps are welcome additions (no meat or orange peel) Passive Compost means you don’t turn it. Active is when you stir it.The bottom of the can should be in contact with the earth and the lid should fit snuggly. The holes at the bottom allow natural soil bacteria, decomposing fungi and beneficial bugs and worms to gain access . Watering is probably not necessary. By this method, you could possibly have 2 to 4 “crops” a year. Apply this rich compost around any and all plants in spring, summer and fall. Vegetables, annuals, and flowering shrubs will benefit the most.You will know it’s ready because it will have turned brown and will smell earthy.”