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Sadly, the July issue of Marin Magazine wrote a glowing recommendation of the "Thursday Night Rabbit Meat Special" at Piazza D'Angelo restaurant in Mill Valley.

Please politely express your opinions about rabbit meat to both Marin Magazine and Piazza D'Angelo. Here are 3 tips for writing letters to the editor or businesses:

  1. Be professional and courteous. Strive to educate and not argue.
  2. Identify yourself as a concerned consumer with choices about how to spend your money. Avoid listing yourself as a member of a group, such as PETA, House Rabbit Society or SaveABunny. Unfortunately, sometimes being identified with a group will mistakenly get your opinion discounted as being "extremist" or "animal rights."

    These places need to know that everyday customers and animal lovers in general (Not just rabbit owners)do not approve or support rabbit meat or fur.

  3. Continue the dialogue and don't stop at a form letter reply. Go to the next level of management or ownership and be persistent and polite.
    Below is the official letter from SaveABunny that is being sent to Marin Magazine in response to the article:

    Jim Wood
    Principal/Executive Editor
    415-332-4800 x 106

    Piazza D'Angelo, 22 Miller Ave., Mill Valley, 415.388.2000
    Piazza D'Angelo

    Has Marin Lost Its Heart In the Pursuit of New Pleasures?

    Here in Marin, most of us are fortunate to live in comfort and affluence as a sophisticated and educated community. We stretch our spiritual muscles at yoga classes, meditate at Spirit Rock, recycle our plastic and paper, volunteer at Marine Mammal Center or Guide Dogs for the Blind, and eat organic foods.

    The value we place on leading a conscious, compassionate lifestyle is at odds with a trend now being promoted in “progressive,” animal–loving Marin County: the consumption of one of the nation’s most beloved and popular pets, bunny rabbits. Yes, everyone should have a choice about what they want to eat. Just please, let us be sure it is an educated and thoughtful choice.

    Rabbits are loving, highly intelligent companion animals that are as smart and sensitive as cats and dogs. They learn to use a litter box like a cat, know their names, and bond for life with their human guardians and bunny mates. Even famed “tough guy” Clint Eastwood and his wife live with a pet bunny named “August” they adopted from a Monterey shelter.

    In the July issue of Marin Magazine, accompanied by a photo, is #7 of “the New Classics”-- Piazza D’Angelo’s “Thursday Night Rabbit Dish.” Really? A whole evening devoted to consuming cute, gentle companion animals you can adopt for your kids at the Marin Humane Society? Is “Horse Meat Happy Hour” next? Would you eat a hotdog if it was actually “Hot Dog?” Like rabbit, horse meat is a traditional dish in other parts of the world, but it is verboten here. Same thing goes with dog or cat meat being a delicacy in other countries. We like to think we’re too civilized to eat our pets, which is what makes the attempted normalization of rabbit-eating so reprehensible here.

    You don’t have to be a rabbit owner to be offended and saddened by the insensitivity of the Marin Magazine article and the “yuckiness” factor of the “Thursday night” special itself. If you love animals of any kind, you will realize that in this country, and especially in Marin, we simply don’t eat our pets. Although conscience-soothing buzzwords, like “green,” “sustainable” and “organic,” are now being employed to market rabbit meat, the fact remains that eating bunnies is NOT a compassionate or cruelty-free choice. Ultimately, it is no more than a decision to increase someone’s profits, not a revolutionary way to save our planet.

    Did you know that the rabbits you see on restaurant menus like Poggio and Piazza D’Angelo are the exact same breed and type of rabbit as those who cuddle with you and your kids? Meat rabbits are not wild animals or game. In fact, “meat” rabbits cannot even breed with the wild rabbits in this country because they are so genetically different from one another.

    The rabbit meat at Piazza D’Angelo and other Bay Area restaurants comes from the aptly named “Devil’s Gulch” ranch in West Marin, which by its own website lists 1000 rabbits per week being raised for meat. That’s a lot of bunnies.

    According to the Devil’s Gulch website, the rabbits they raise are a mix of three popular breeds of pet rabbits: Rex, New Zealand and Californian. The website praises the “mellower temperament” of these bunnies as “helpful for their mothering ability and handling in general.” In other words, the very traits of being gentle and nurturing mothers––qualities that would normally make these rabbits excellent pets––are what make them ideal for quick slaughter. The rabbit you eat will likely be a teenager of about 6-8 months old or younger. It will also be the exact same type of bunny you could easily choose to bring home to become part of your family––a smart, funny, loving pet.

    In the 1987 movie “Fatal Attraction” starring Glenn Close, the definitive proof of her character’s sociopathology was the moment when she boiled a little girl’s pet rabbit. Over 25 years later, Marin now has the dubious distinction of leading the way in trying to make money by creating a new niche for rabbit meat and pretending that it somehow makes sense. Are we really that bored with the other menu options? We certainly don’t lack for food and variety. And really, it would be more “green” for us to use our existing resources wisely, rather than creating new consumer demands.

    What if you could choose your live rabbit meal from a lobster type tank? Imagine telling your friendly server, “Yes, my family and I want you to kill and cook the cute fluffy little white momma bunny in the corner. Oh, and bring fries on the side.” You might scoff at the idea of such a thing, but consider this undeniable fact: a bunny gets killed for the sake of a profit margin if you point to that dish on the menu Thursday night.

    Has Marin lost its heart and forgotten the beauty of practicing acts of kindness---just for someone new to eat at dinner?

June 2010

Grass Valley Animal Control and Second Chance Bunnies Rabbit Rescue received an anonymous tip about 30 rabbits left behind and abandoned in a home without food or water

The females were locked in to a small pantry. There were 3 dead rabbits. The males were trapped together in small cat carriers and as a result,many are wounded with missing ears that were chewed off. The rabbits were dehydrated and have bites and eye injuries.

SaveABunny is assisting Second Chance for Bunnies with raising medical funds and the rescue and placement of these very sweet, but clearly neglected rabbits. The shelter is being very cooperative,however it is a very small shelter that is not equipped to house rabbits---especially this many rabbits and ones that need medical attention.

WE URGENTLY need your help!
Donate via Paypal

There is a great need for donations for medical care. We are trying to get as many out of the shelter so they won't become someone’s food or just put out on someone’s property. They deserve the chance to be loved and house rabbits.
Many thanks to The Rabbit Haven for help with spays and neuters and to AFRP for taking 3 bunnies.Second Chance Bunnies is a friend of SaveABunny and they are doing the best they can in a touch situation.
Please help us help them rescue these sweet,adorable bunnies!

More photos to come....

May 13, 2010

SaveABunny joined forces with Leaps and Bounds Rescue to trap and triage in a large scale rescue effort of 21 bunnies from a sad and neglectful situation in Oroville.

These sweet,but filthy and frightened bunnies were living in squalid,cramped conditions without enough clean food and water. Most had bites wounds---even the very young babies. They were malnourished with hair loss and the angora mixes had extremely matted fur that needed shaving after rescue. Virtually all the females were pregnant and many thanks go to the Rabbit Haven, AFRP and Harvest Home for their help with the females.

Four boy bunnies (Wildwood,Oroville (died in surgery),Arbuckle and Gridley)and three tiny babies ( Bloomer,Mosley (adopted) and Pipers)came to SaveABunny for rescue and healing. They are all doing really well and have started to grow their fur back and look strong and healthy.

However, we still REALLY need your help! We must spay and neuter these bunnies and find them their forever homes. They are sweet, gentle and adorable rabbits who really deserve a second chance at a happy bunny life!

You can help by donating, fostering or adopting these very special rabbits. They are a real delight and SO grateful to now be safe and loved!

If you would like to send a donation to help with our medical expenses it would be greatly appreciated and really needed.

You can mail a check to :
P.O. Box 2143
Mill Valley, CA 94942

or donate via PayPal.Donate via Paypal

May 15, 2010

For the third year, our generous and compassionate friends at Cat Faeries sponsored a table for 10 people plus their furry beloved at the annual PAWS Petchitecture fundraiser

As in previous years, we were “the cool kids table” because we didn’t just have dogs – Ok...we had 2 bunny friendly dogs, but we also had 3 rabbits, and 2 white rats. The paparazzi loved us and so did the attendees! We almost didn't get to eat or imbibe because we were stopped so often by people who wanted to meet the bunnies and the rats.

Mistress of Ceremonies, Jan Wahl, had us join her on stage so we could talk about our special animal friends – how great is that! Off stage we could barely take 10 steps without being stopped by people who wanted to pat the bunny or ask questions. Rabbits at the gorgeous Palace Hotel raised interest in bunnies as household companions, bunny adoption, and the reality of how truly icky it is to have rabbit meat on a restaurant!

Over 800 human guests and their well-behaved (mostly) canine companions enjoyed a gala evening at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, featuring a silent auction and an exhibition of one-of-a-kind pet habitats created by some of the Bay Area’s leading architects and designers.

Below: Carly with Scooter in his white tux with "tails" and Marcy with Lennon Pierre classically outfitted in traditional bunny tuxedo

Below: Glamorous Gail from Cat Fairies with Vivienne

Below:Mistress of Cermonies,Jan Wahl with Marcy and Scooter

In her career as San Francisco’s favorite movie reviewer and film historian, Jan Wahl has interviewed them all from Gregory Peck to Ben Affleck and Meryl Streep to Renee Zellweger. Now she's interviewed Scooter!

Below: Donna with rescued ratty sisters,Clementine and Olympia

Below:Jan Wahl and Gail

Dianna Williams

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Marin Adoption Event and Show

Event Date: 
2009-10-10 10:00 to 14:00
Marin Humane Society

Bunnies, Birds and Little Critters...oh my!

If you're looking to adopt a rabbit, rat, guinea pig , hamster or learn more about their special care, don't miss this multiple agency adoption event sponsored by the Animal Care and Adoption Network and hosted by Marin Humane Society.

Participating nonprofits include:
Animal Care and Adoption Network
North Star
Cavy House
Rattie Ratz
Marin Friends of Ferals
Marin Humane Society

San Anselmo's Country Fair Day Benefit For SaveABunny

Event Date: 
2009-10-04 13:00 to 15:00
Downtown San Anselmo Main Street

More details soon!
SaveABunny is the beneficiary of the Cake Walk and Gift Walk!
Prizes! Fun!


Event Date: 
2009-08-16 13:00 to 16:00
SaveABunny Foster and Education Center, Mill Valley

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure - Are you in the know about how to be proactive with your bunny's health? Rabbits, as prey animals, often mask their symptoms until it may be too late. Your bunny's life may depend on you! You can't afford not to be prepared.

This interactive workshop taught by rabbit care expert, Carolyn Mosher, will focus on how to do a complete head to toe health check including learning what's normal for gait, skin, eyes, ears, nose, teeth, appetite, and droppings. You will also learn how to take a bunny's temperature, give nail trims, clean anal glands, and groom a bunny's coat. Learn the subtle nuances of bunny behavior that should alert you that things are not quite right or could possibly indicate a very serious problem. Learn care techniques that could very well save your rabbit's life should serious illness arise.

All participants will receive a useful resource book that includes information on health checks, finding a rabbit savvy vet, and what needs to be in a rabbit first aid and grooming kit. And there will be plenty of time for questions. Be prepared - sign up today!

Registration fee: $30, includes a scrumptious and luscious vegan lunch. Very limited enrollment!

Click here to RVSP to

Click here to prepay via Paypal. Sorry. No Refunds.

Bunny Day At The San Francisco SPCA!

Event Date: 
2010-03-13 11:00 to 15:00
San Francisco SPCA, 250 Florida Street, San Francisco

Cuteness abounds the second Saturday of each month when the bunnies arrive at the SPCA! SaveABunny, in partnership with the San Francisco SPCA and Animal Care and Control, will showcase adoptable rabbits looking for their forever homes.

Come meet these loving critters and find out answers to all your questions about living with companion rabbits. Knowledgeable staff from SaveABunny will be on hand to answer all your questions.


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