Still Going On Friday

Well, as whee have discussed countless times now since our piece on Banham Zoo keeping rabbits and guinea pigs together whee have been kept busy with reader suggestions of other places.

Some snuggles to start off a hard days piggy protecting!

Some snuggles to start off a hard days piggy protecting!

Our first target (hehehe) farm whee spoke to about this dangerous practice was a farm in Kent called Christmas Tree Farm. I sent an email to the, just asking why they do it, would they consider changing the way they do things, and also for a quote. After receiving no response from them I found their number and Mummy gave them a call. The young lady she spoke to said that yes they do keep them together and have had no problems. However when Mummy asked for an official quote and asked why she had not received a response to her email the girl became flustered and said she would tell someone to email a quote before hanging up. Sadly they have still not provided a quote or told us whether they would consider changing the way they do things.

The next place whee spoke to was a suggestion by Mollie, so thank you for tipping us off! Drusilla’s Park. Mummy decided that calling and catching them off guard did seem to be a good idea this time.  Mummy was put through to Sue Woodgate, the Zoo and Education Manager there. The hooman explained her concerns and when it became clear they would not change a thing Mummy then asked for a quote. Ms Woodgate told us “We do separate them at night and have had no welfare issues. If you would like a further or more detailed quote you will have to write to or email us.” The hooman thanked Ms Woodgate for her time and said goodbye. The moment the phone was down whee began writing an email, again explaining the dangers of keeping rabbits and guinea pigs together and using the quote the RSPCA gave us to highlight the issues. At the end we, as she had suggested, asked for a quote. Sadly, the reply whee received was not quite what whee had hoped for. As whee cannot quote it here due to the contents of the message not being allowed to be printed elsewhere, all whee can say is they would not provide a quote or explanation to members of the public but say they have checks in place.

As whee have always said. Whee don’t doubt the care of the animals, whee doubt the reasons to put them at unnecessary risk. A risk that doesn’t have to be. Surely by saying they separate them at night they are acknowledging some sort of danger so making the separation fuller would not be so hard . . . would it?!

Our next place whee are going to try to speak to will be Pets at Home as whee understand that some of their stores do keep rabbits and guinea pigs in together. If you know one, please comment with specifically which one it is to help us! ^_^

Whee are hoping to follow a suggestion by Mummy pawrents and one of our readers and contact the national papers to see if they will investigate and do a story on just how many shops, farms, zoos and wildlife parks are going against RSPCA guidelines and not correctly educating their visitors.

As whee promised, whee are not giving up!

Your Intrepid Reporter and Animal Welfare Piggy



ps. If you have missed our previous Friday posts check out these links:

First post about Banham Zoo here

A post with a quote from the RSPCA on the dangers here

And a blog reader’s success proving that there are those who can change when they see a mistake here


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Posted on October 4, 2013, in Piggy Blogs and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 45 Comments.

  1. Keep up the good work, we are not going to Drusilla’s ever again 🙂 xxooxx

    Mollie and Alfie

    • Whee have also decided not to let the hoomans go again. And whee have told some of our furfriends not to either. There are plenty places that do care correctly to visit and give our custom to!


  2. This reader reads on, following the tale, and that’s a really cute picture Buddy. 🙂

  3. Pe-es I am going to Eastbourne Pets at Home tomorrow, will go snoop and let you know 🙂 xx0xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  4. Good for you Buddy…….persistence pays off most of the time and we’re SURE you’ll get to the bottom of any dangerous practices relative to keeping rabbits and guinea pigs together!

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

  5. We know every little will make a difference. Next time we are the pet store we will check things out. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

  6. Good job sweet one…people won’t change until they see the response from the public..shining a light on practices that are unsafe is more than fair i think ..keep up the great work 🙂 🙂 Hugs Fozzimeum xx

  7. I will check the Pets At Home in Northampton this weekend and let you know the details if they do 🙂

  8. That was a great job! Thanks in the name of all piggies and all anipals!

  9. I’ll let you know if I see anything here. We don’t go to pet stores.

  10. good work Buddy,keep it my friends,xx Speedy

  11. da tabbies o trout towne

    another awesum ree portin job buddy !!! keep up de grate werk 🙂
    de blessings oh St Francis two everee one N heerz ta a grate week oh end !!!!

  12. Keep up the good work!!! Love Cali, Andy, Tater and Shelly (C.A.T.S.)

  13. Buddy

    We agree with you on not keeping rabbits and Guinea pigs together but, there are also pet shops the keep male and female guinea pigs together. We were in a cage with hormonal female guinea pigs and it became over crowded because they had babies, so no to living with rabbits and definitely no to sharing a cage with girl guinea pigs because girls are gross.

    Cookiebear and Piglet

  14. Hmmm.. contacting local papers to investigate animal safety. Oh my gosh 😛 that’s a great way of getting the word out. I hadn’t even though of that. There’s horrible guidelines here for animals, but there’s some.. and those are 100% violated in a lot of places. No animal police (sigh, a group of people i’m member of have been trying to get it up for years) but really, a small local newspaper might give a good kickstart. Nice idea, before I move away from here imma do that Amy. ^_^ Thank youuu!

    • That’s a really good thing to try. Whee would love to hear whether you get a good response. Usually with sad or distressing news about animals they are inclined to listen because it sells papers!


  15. princess guinea and ariel

    My mom works for the globe and mail news paper, I can tell her to suggest this!

  16. princess guinea and ariel

    Another place that kept guinea pigs and rabbits is the exhibition. Well… They had chickens and guinea pigs, baby guinea pigs and a baby dwarf rabbit. It was so heart breaking seeing them try to drink without being pecked on the head. I cried though, to heartbreaking, especially for the babies.

  17. Hardworking you lot! Have a great weekend!

  18. Thank goodness you are doing this and the animal rescues here do not keep piggies and buns together.

  19. Wow! Thank you so much for your amazing work! I just read your first post about Banham Zoo…I just had no idea that all of this was going on! This is one of the many reasons why I am so happy to be a blogger, so I can be educated by intelligent folks like you and your mommy!

  20. Well dun Buddy!! Ya IZ bery intreped n deddycated to da cause!! me n Mum can not figure out WHY peeple wuud put G-Piggiez n Bunnehz together; it iz like puttin small catz in wif small dogz…dere iz gonna bee purrublemz at sum point, right??
    Keep up da guud werk!!!
    Lub Nylablue n Sherriellen xoxo

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