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The primary goals of 3 Bunnies are:
To rescue abandoned,
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type, or other issues; to provide foster care; to spay and neuter; to
provide medical and rehabilitative care; to find permanent quality
indoor homes for them;
To educate the public and assist humane societies, animal control
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abandoned at shelters and / or turned loose when no longer wanted.
3 Bunnies Rabbit Rescue, Inc
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UNderstanding Your Bunny
Rabbits in the classroom is a very bad idea. This letter, written by a professor of education, illustrates why: (reprinted with permission)
I'm Charlotte Harper's father, Bill Cost. Charlotte read your e-mail to me
about the teacher who is proposing to obtain a rabbit as a classroom "pet"
and asked me, as a former Professor of Science Education, to respond. Since
I don't have e-mail, I've dictated my opinion. Please feel free to use this
letter as you see fit to discourage any teacher from obtaining a rabbit as
an "educational device". I'd like to commend you for taking a stance against
this sort of practice and to commend you for speaking out on behalf of
animals and in support of ethical science education.
I am a retired secondary science educator of 40 years' experience at both
the Secondary and college level. For nine of those years I was Departmental
(Science Education) Chairman for the Trenton State Teacher College's (now
The College of New Jersey) Science Education Demonstration Program (1961-70)
at the William L. Antheil Elementary/Junior High School in Ewing Township,
New Jersey. I currently sit on the Governor's Advisory Committee for
Education/Science Education. Having established my credentials, I feel that
I have a duty to relate my personal observations on the relative merits of
maintaining in-school "pets". I feel that the practice is futile and
inhumane. This is especially true in the case of rabbits.
During my time as Chairman of the Science Education Department at
TSC/Antheil, a number of Elementary and some Secondary teachers expressed
the desire to have classroom "pets". With the possible exception of some
reptiles and fish, there is no "good" or acceptable sort of classroom "pet".
While juvenile literature and cultural conditioning have given us the image
of the "cuddly bunny" or the cute "Peter Cottontail", the reality of having
a live rabbit in a classroom setting is something for which few professional
educators (especially at the primary level) have the proper educational
background and practical experience to maintain a rabbit at a successful,
wholesome level that benefits both child and rabbit.
Rabbits are social animals who are environmentally adapted to reside in
organized, hierarchal societies. Without this sort of species structure,
rabbits become depressed, morose and most finally perish miserably. Rabbits
are not toys, nor are they "educational tools". Rabbits cannot be passed
from hand to hand as the need for extra-school care becomes necessary.
Rabbits who are not properly socialized can become aggressive, difficult to
manage and pose a serious risk of biting and/or scratching students. Rabbit
socialization cannot, in my opinion, be carried out successfully in a busy
classroom where the rabbit is, at best, a secondary distraction which
quickly becomes part of the "furniture" of that classroom. Most rabbits I
have seen in classrooms are solitary creatures, confined in
well-intentioned, but fundamentally inhumane quarters, ignored, ill-fed
and/or tormented. Most have displayed anti-social behaviors as a direct
consequence of improper socialization, inadequate care and poor emotional
Most classroom professionals haven't the time nor the proper education in
rabbit care to understand the need for proper nutrition, housing and
socialization for rabbits. Because the rabbit digestive system is delicate
and complex, a thorough understanding of their proper function and dietary
process is essential and usually quite beyond the ordinary teacher's
experience. In such situations it is essential to understand that ignorance
causes undue suffering for the rabbit.
One has to inquire as to the particular reason a teacher wishes to acquire a
classroom "pet". Teaching respect for life can be successfully accomplished
by having the students view, and discuss a selection of videos available
from the National Geographic Society or other Wildlife resource.
Responsibility for pets can be successfully taught by having a qualified
professional install a tank of tropical fish which require care, but do not
require as large a financial commitment or emotional/psychological
investment from the primary educator.
Most importantly, rabbits are sentient creatures, not stuffed toys that can
be put upon a shelf and taken out at will. They have feelings. They have
emotions. They require and give affection. They are not "objects" or
Quite frankly, I would, and have in the past, seriously discouraged any
professional educator who would propose acquiring a "classroom pet", unless
that individual is proposing to bring in a pet for which they are already
directly responsible (i.e. - bringing one's dog to class for a day). "Pets"
by definition belong in a loving home environment where their emotional and
physical needs can be met by their dedicated owners. It seems to me to be
irresponsible and selfish for any educator to acquire a fundamentally social
creature only to imprison it in a situation that the creature itself cannot
possibly comprehend or reconcile. The primary function of a classroom is to
educate children. It is not meant, nor is it maintained, as a
home-away-from-home. Any educational objectives that could be gained by
obtaining a classroom pet can be met with more success using other
methodology. Obtaining a rabbit for a classroom, in my opinion, constitutes
extreme animal cruelty.
Very truly yours
William McC. Cost
PhD. [Organic Chemistry]
Ed.D. [Secondary Science Education]