A few days ago Dana Kremples who runs the Miami House Rabbit chapter caught an episode of ” Access Hollywood Live.” The host, Kit Hoover, had purchased a Holland Lop Rabbit for her child for Christmas and horribly slammed everything we stand for and try to avoid with people buying them for their children. Dana wrote an excellent letter that we have posted below. Please read her thoughtful remarks and then contact this program and their sponsors. The more noise we make, the less likely they are to ignore us and ignore the situation. We need to voice our complaints and boycott them until they give us an opportunity to respond with our philosophy!
There are also many postings and complaints on the subject showing up on the main Access Hollywood Facebook page. Though this is a different branch of the show, adding to the heated discussion located on their page might keep the ball rolling. Their Facebook page is located here: https://www.facebook.com/AccessHollywood
Below is the letter written by Dana Krempels, Ph.D.
Dear Access Hollywood Folks,
A recent segment on how your hosts spent the holidays included a very disturbing message.
The female host, Kit Hoover did a terrible disservice to those of us who
spend most of our time and income rescuing unwanted, abandoned rabbits.
She took about three minutes to describe the “Christmas surprise” of a Holland Lop rabbit she and her husband got for their kids for the holiday, simply because they’d begged for it. She said that the breed was known to be “dumb but cute” (which is ridiculous; Holland Lops are one of the craftiest, sneakiest, liveliest and intelligent types of purebred rabbits), and that a few days after the holiday (and her cleaning
the cage “like 10 times a day”) the kids were finally “over the rabbit.”
She said this with clear relief.
Oh, really? Could she please tell me why she got the kids the rabbit to
begin with if she didn’t realize it was a serious, ten-year commitment?
And that–like a kitten or puppy–a young rabbit needs house-training (not
to mention spay or neuter), too? Was she clueless, or just callous?
And now what? Since the kids are “over the rabbit” will she take it to a
shelter, where it will most likely be euthanized? Or will she–like many
uninformed rabbit buyers–simply dump it in a park or on the side of the
road to fend for itself? (Hint: Domestic rabbits DIE when you do this.)
Rabbits are the third most relinquished animals at shelters across the
U.S., *precisely* because of attitudes like the one broadcast by your
Access Hollywood host.
I hope Access Hollywood will consider making things right by inviting some
of the compassionate, responsible celebrities (Clint Eastwood, Bob Barker,
Amy Sedaris, to name only three) who share their hearts and homes with
These people will tell you that rabbits are not “dumb” (quoting your
host). But they *are* herbivores and prey animals who “speak” a language
entirely different from that we’ve come to expect from dogs and cats.
Rabbits are complex, fascinating, and incredibly rewarding for those who
have the patience and intelligence to learn how to properly care for and
interact with them.
What rabbits are NOT, though, is low maintenance. They are NOT good pets
for children or for adults who have not done their homework. Living with
a house rabbit requires a level of maturity and commitment lacking in most
adults, let alone children. It’s very sad to see a person as visible and
influential as your host making light of her impulse purchase of a
helpless animal who will now very likely end up shuffled off to a shelter,
Thank you for listening, and for helping Access Hollywood be more
responsible about such messages in the future. Living in a house full of
long, furry ears, I do appreciate having a human ear bent my way when it
comes to important matters like this.
Happy New Year to you!
Dana Krempels, Ph.D.
University of Miami Department of Biology
President, H.A.R.E., Inc.
(HouseRabbit Adoption, Rescue, and Education, Inc.)