Ethics: the good, the bad, and the ugly


Recently I had a conversation with a good rabbit breeder friend about just that.

Ethics. Good breeders. Bad breeders. Warnings of who to avoid.

But…is it okay to do so?

I know doing so can come across as judging or thinking of yourself better than another breeder. And it can be if done in the wrong spirit.

I do think there is a place for it. Warning fellow, trustworthy breeders, pet owners, and new buyers of less-than-ideal breeders in a kind, properly worded manner is a must.

No one likes to be ripped off, and feedback – whether negative or positive, is desperately needed.

Warnings must be issued in a kind, gentle, yet firm way. There is no room for get-you-back attitudes, snarkiness, or just plain meanness when doing this.

Be very, very careful when doing this! Be sure of your facts. DO NOT go around accusing random breeders of ill rabbits, dishonest practices, or poor management just because you have an issue with them personally.

Words are important. Pick yours carefully. Remember: a good reputation is hard to build…and easy to break.

ethics: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Recently, I witnessed a person trying to take down a well-respected breeder because of personal issues. There was no foundation to any of what that person was saying about the breeder.

As a breeder, it is heart-wrenching when someone spreads unfounded lies about you. Especially when you’ve put many hours, years, and a whole lot of money into the stock you have.

Thankfully, the accuser in this story was found out and the lies exposed. Many people stood up for the breeder and defended them, and it was wonderful to see 🙂

Ethics: the good, the bad, and the ugly

The Good: share your experiences of dealing with good breeders! Leave them reviews, comments, and feedback. As a breeder, I know how much it means to me to read such things. I love seeing updates and pictures of my buns in their new homes.

The Bad: had a bad experience? First, get in touch with the breeder and try to resolve the issues. Be kind and courteous. Do not start off with accusations but outline your issue or problem kindly. Do not start spreading the issue on every group you can find.

The Ugly: bad or unethical breeders can be hard to spot. This is why it’s important to research the person/breeder first. Look up their name in FB groups. Read reviews. What are people saying? Are they blocked from any groups? This is a telling sign. Ended up buying from such a breeder? I’m sorry 🙁 The best way is to simply move on. Replace the rabbit with better stock and remember to gently warn others about this person.

In summery:

  • be extremely careful with your words – once they’re out there, they are very hard to take back
  • don’t spread rumors
  • share with a trusted breeder first and see if they have heard of the person, not on every social media platform out there
  • know your facts
  • don’t falsely accuse
  • leave excellent reviews when possible
  • have a mentor if possible, but don’t consistently, constantly be in touch (these people have things to do too 🙂 )
  • research, research, research!
  • ask around. Do not be afraid to ask questions
  • be kind
  • learn from your mistakes
  • keep a list of to-avoid breeders
  • have a sales policy

Have a good week and stay safe 🙂


Ethics: the good, the bad, and the ugly

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