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Selling Rabbits as Pets


When selling a pet you must realize that the customer probably has little or no experience with rabbits. You must advise them about care, feeding, etc. Provide an information sheet or packet and let the customer know that if they have a question, they should call you no matter how insignificant they feel the question may be. Instill the fact that quick action can save a rabbit's life.
Provide information on feeding and housing, and let them know about good and bad treats for bunnies. Explain to them why you can not sell that cute, tiny, little baby that is not yet weaned from its mother. Encourage them to have the housing (cage) set up before they bring the rabbit home. Let them know about water bottles and bowls or feeders. If the customer's expectations are too high, set them straight. Let them know that a rabbi is not a cat or dog. Rabbits like to chew, so you must bunny-proof your home or the room where you will let your rabbit run loose in. (Don't forget to supervise your bunny if you let him roam the house!)
Be prepared to field a bombardment of questions. If the rabbit does not work out, agree to take it back. Some customers will pick out their rabbit in minutes, others will take hours. Be patient, and remember that you cannot be sure of the quality of a rabbit you sold, and it may have even been a potential champion. If a customer is insistent on having a second rabbit, be sure they have a second cage set up. Let them know that rabbits are territorial, and must have their own cage to call their OWN.
Rabbits need to be fed only once a day. The same time every day is preferred. Water, pelleted feed, and grass hay is all they need! All other foods are considered treats and should be fed as such, only occasionally, or you can cause problems in the rabbits' digestive system that can lead to its death.

Article 26 of the Agriculture and Markets Law

354. Sale of baby chicks and baby rabbits

1. No person shall sell, offer for sale, barter or giver away living baby chicks, ducklings, or other fowl or baby rabbits unless such person provided proper brooder facilities where appropriate for the care of such baby chicks, ducklings, or other fowl or baby rabbits during the time they are in possession of such person. For the purposes of this section, a baby rabbit shall be a rabbit of less than two months of age.

2. No person shall sell, offer for sale, barter or display living baby chicks, ducklings, or other fowl or baby rabbits which have been dyed, colored, or otherwise treated so as to impart to them an artificial color.

2-a. No provision of subdivision two shall be interpreted or applied to prevent or restrict teachers and qualified instructors of youth, under the guidance and supervision of the New York state cooperative extension service from using eggs for non-profit educational purposes or from observing fowl hatched from such eggs for no-profit educational purposes.

3. No person shall sell, offer for sale, barter or give away living baby chicks, ducklings or other fowl or baby rabbits under two months of age in any quantity less than six.

4. A violation of the provisions of this section is a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment for not more than one year, or by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars, or by both.