It's a happy day at Cottontails today because I am taking The Bun Blog Pledge - and we have a very special guest to stay.
I'd like to introduce you to Ms Rabbit - the beautiful pink and white cardboard bunny who is currently making her way around Blogland to promote a very important cause.
Ms Rabbit is an ambassador for the BUAV's No Cruel Cosmetics campaign and I first heard of her a few weeks ago over on Annette's blog at The Dragon House of Yuen. I love rabbits, am passionate about animal welfare, and am always careful to buy cosmetics and household products that aren't tested on animals - so it is a pleasure to be able to host Ms Rabbit, have a bit of fun, but also to raise awareness of an important campaign.
She arrived today, a little tired from her long journey down from Scotland where she had been staying with the Crafty Green Poet, but after a reviving cup of tea and a chocolate eclair she was ready to get down to business.
We had quite a little crowd assembled to meet her and hear her talk about the campaign. It is, after all, a subject dear to a rabbit's heart.
Humphrey gave a welcoming speech, then Ms Rabbit stepped up to say a few words.
Ms Rabbit introduced us to the BUAV - that is a British Union for Abolition of Vivisection - and told us about their campaign to end animal testing in the cosmetics industry.
She told us about the campaign to date and how, after tireless campaigning, all animal testing for cosmetics was banned in the EU in 2009. All the rabbits cheered at this point...
But then she told us that currently it is still legal for cosmetics tested on animals in non-EU countries to be sold in Europe. The rabbits sighed and shook their heads sadly.
This was due to be stopped in 2013 - the final phase of the ban - but some in the cosmetic industries now want to see this deadline delayed. And if they get their way, it could mean 10 more years of needless suffering for rabbits, guinea pigs, mice and rats across the world.
But there is something we can do. Ms Rabbit told us all about a petition where we can say NO to any further delays and NO to cruel cosmetics in Europe. So please, if you have a moment, and want to see this needless suffering end, pop over and sign the petition here.
And then she told us to make sure we only buy cosmetics that haven't been tested on animals - for example products which carry the BUAV leaping bunny logo.
Tomorrow she and Humphrey are going to be rifling through my make-up bag and I'll tell you what brands and products she finds...
In the meantime, I'm sure Ms Rabbit would love to hear of any future hosts who would like to have her come to stay. Her needs are quite simple:
-she needs tea and biscuits (and eclairs)
-she likes to have her photo taken and to be blogged about
-she asks that you put the 'Bun Blog Pledge' badge onto the side of your blog
-and that you please sign the petition
(and she'll probably want to go through your make up bag too)
More from me and Ms Rabbit tomorrow...