Commentary: In honor of Arjun, support legislation banning backyard breeders

Arjun Joy Nand
Born: May 28, 2018
Rescued: Aug. 13, 2018
Died: Dec. 9, 2022

In honor of Arjun, please support legislation banning backyard breeders at the local, state, and national levels. Arjun got to enjoy four wonderful years as a pet rabbit after I rescued his brother Raj and him from a meat breeder. The breeder had posted on Craigslist that she was going to send them to a butcher that day if no one wanted them.

But the majority of Arjun’s brothers and sisters led short, miserable lives stacked in tiny wire cages in this meat breeder’s garage until they were sold or slaughtered. His mother was also kept in one of those tiny wire cages and continuously bred until she probably died.

Backyard breeding is largely unregulated and contributes massively to animal suffering and overpopulation.  Please, in honor of Arjun, help end this inherently cruel practice!

— By Jenna Nand

Jenna Nand lives in Edmonds

  1. Jenna ,

    We miss Arjun too, he was such a wonderful bunny.

    Dad , mom n Rob (who is still helping ) the other bunnies

  2. Jenna thank you for bringing this terrible practice up. It’s something most of us aren’t aware of so give no thought to, hopefully this may bring some awareness. Backyard breeders, whether it’s dogs, cats, gerbils etc are never a positive for the animals. Please rescue, spay, neuter.

    1. Thank you, Julie! Arjun and his brother Raj were lucky. Most animals who were bred by backyard breeders have negative outcomes. A lot of people who patronize them don’t even realize that it’s legal for the readers to kill unwanted animals. From an animal welfare perspective, backyard breeding is terrible.

  3. Jenna, I’m so sorry for your loss. Thank you for bringing this disgusting issue to our attention. People who participate in this kind of cruelty make me wish hell really did exist.

    1. Thank you, Annon, I wanted to honor Arjun by advocating for all of the poor animals who aren’t lucky enough to make it out of those places alive. Arjun and his brother Raj were so lucky to be rescued. Most of their siblings weren’t.

      1. I am very sorry about Arjun. This is a wonderful article calling attention to this problem. I wasn’t aware this was going on either. Sadly so many animals and many are pets are just discarded and left to the streets. I too think the spots we have here who neuter etc. are a real service to animals. People think about dogs being bred but they seldom realize about the others. Good call. I am happy Arjun had such a loving family for those 4 years. Obviously he did. You are very sweet Jenna Nand. People who are kind to animals and care this deeply usually are very nice people. Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas which ever you prefer. Deb.

        1. Thank you, Deborah, your kind words means so much to my family and me during this difficult time. You are right, not a lot of people understand how much animal cruelty is involved in backyard breeding.

          Merry Christmas to you, too, Deborah!

  4. Rajun was a loving boy and will always be in my heart.Rest in peace my guy you are with God now. This story was well written and shows me that God has blessed you with the gift to write about important issues going on in the world today that need to be addressed and changed. Every single life matters.

    1. Jenna,
      I don’t know you, but I’m sorry for your loss. I know the pain of losing a beloved pet having lost my dog in April. Thank you for using Arjun’s loss as an opportunity to better the community at large by urging support for a ban on backyard breeding. We shun puppy mills as inhumane but I am sure life is not kind to any animals in those situations. I am not aware of any pending legislation but will definitely support

      1. Thank you, Doug. I’m so sorry for the loss of your dog. You are right, these backyard breeding operations are rife with animal cruelty and neglect for all species. I’m probably going to pursue local legislation in the near future. Thank you for your support.

  5. Thank you, Jenna, for bringing this to everyone’s attention. Like many, I did not know about this. nor have reason give it thought. Are there currently any legislative bills circulating in Washington?

    1. Thank you, Margaret. Some jurisdictions ban the sale of dogs and cats and other companion animals, requiring that animals intended to be pets be adopted from local rescues and shelters, which puts the breeders out of business. I’m probably going to pursue local legislation in the near future.

  6. In London, before, and after the Second World War ended, my mother raised rabbits in cages in the backyard. Otherwise there was no meat available, rationing continued until 1952.
    She would not let us take the rabbits out of the cages or even touch them, to prevent us from developing any attachment.
    But in Edmonds nearly 80 years later, I fully support your proposal.
    Stephen Cunliffe

    1. Thank you for sharing your story. My parents both grew up on farms and my grandparents raised chickens that were slaughtered for meat.

      I feel like, these days, we have so much more awareness about animal sentience and animal welfare than previous generations did. I really appreciate your support. I will probably be pursuing local legislation in the future.

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