Animal Welfare Best Practices
We wholeheartedly aim to exceed the following best practices/standards for animal welfare and public health
USDA Animal Welfare Act and Regulations (Blue Book -- page 82)
APHIS Animal Exhibitor information
USAH Exhibitor regulations
National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians (Animal Contact Committee) Compendium
ABOUT LICENSE/REGISTRATION IN MINNESOTA
1) The USDA does not regulate rabbits as agricultural educational exhibits
2) The State of Minnesota does not register/license agriculture education exhibits
Keeping our rabbits and our guests safe:
- We stress washing hands with soap and water before AND after our programs. Hand sanitizer is not ideal.
- Guests are invited into the playpens if they are calm, sitting with blankets on laps
- Pet with 2 or 3 fingers on their back going from head to tail. Don't touch faces, ears or tails.
- To prevent over-stimulation and heat issues, our rabbits are frequently rotated onto breaks.
We may cancel an event or need to leave early with dangerous heat (82 degrees+/humidity)
- We are committed to providing access to water and shade, non-chemically treated grass
- Biosecurity: Some of our endangered rabbits can't be touched or petted to keep them safe
Baby bunnies are fragile and are only handled by trained staff or their owners.
- Our bunnies are marked on their ears because they are purebred/pedigreed. Some are nationally registered
- Our rabbits participate in regular health checks and are quarantined when returning
from events to prevent the rest of the colony getting exposed to risks.
- Rabbits do NOT get preventative shots for rabies.
- We don't let our rabbits visit with rabbits that are not in our program or with other pets
- Because we specialize in endangered heritage breeds, we do not spay/neuter those.
- We don't sell rabbits unless families have fostered with us first or are registered with ARBA for over one year.
- If you're thinking about buying a rabbit, please visit your local animal shelter/rescue
- We reserve the right to remove our rabbits from situations we feel are unsafe or ask guests to leave our events
- Guests are instructed: no fingers through the cage, don't feed or pick up the rabbits.