The subject of much discussion on the Mailing List – News about some pink rabbits being sold.
At first it was not certain if the rabbits were dyed pink or being fed foods to turn their fur that colour. Either way it is an example of animal abuse.
From the Echo:
Seeing red over the pink rabbits
Feb 16 2007
by Michelle Fiddler, Liverpool Echo
PET lovers in Merseyside are being urged to spare their blushes by refusing to buy the latest fashion accessory â€“ a pink rabbit.
The new breed, known as Orkney Pinks, is believed to have come about initially as a result of a mix-up in food supplements.
OCPRS, owners of the international rights to the unusual strain, then set about refining the breeding programme.
Yesterday the new-look bunnies, which are on sale for between Â£549 and Â£700, were officially revealed to the public at a launch event at the Marriot Hotel in Speke.
Outraged pet lovers today said they were horrified at plans to sell the rabbits as the next â€œmust haveâ€ celebrity pet.
Cllr Bernie Turner, Liverpoolâ€™s executive member for the environment, said: â€œAnimals should not be pink. They should be left well alone.
â€œRabbits are not easy to look after.
â€œIt is not something you can buy and change your mind. It is a commitment and I donâ€™t think this is appropriate.
â€œWhat will happen next? Dying babies green?
â€œI would urge people not to buy them.â€
Sam Oâ€™Connor, 41, a company director from Wirral, said: â€œI am totally horrified. Rabbits are very, very difficult animals to look after as pets. These poor things are being paraded around.
â€œPeople could be paying upwards of Â£500 each for these rabbits for them to be someoneâ€™s fashion accessory for five minutes.
â€œRabbits are the most abandoned pets in the country. It is horrendous.â€
A spokeswoman for The British Rabbit Council, said: â€œThe Orkney Pink is not a recognised breed – they have just been fed food that has turned them pink.
â€œThe people who are doing this have no association with the British Rabbit Council and we have asked that they remove anything that suggests they are affiliated to us.
â€œBut people are daft enough to go along with it. At the end of the day they are still going to have a rabbit which needs looking after.â€