Hello, I'm Priya, a.k.a. the artist of Vegan Artbook, VEGventures and Pupa Vegan and the founder of this shop. Pupa is my small webshop that sells organic, fair and eco-friendly vegan merchandise, all designed and made with love by Pupa (me). All of the unique products are made in Holland and its profit goes to several charities that rescue animals, such as Pupa's micro sanctuary, and to spreading the vegan message though my vegan comic & art projects.

Pupa's clothing is made of high-quality materials so you can enjoy your purchase for many years. My tablewear is made of the highest quality of porcelain and even my books have the best paper quality available. All of the products are stored in a smoke-free environment. Items like books will arrive in an unique type of decorated wrapping paper, designed by myself. People who live in Holland will often get a cute, shiny, colourful, decorated shipping box. I sadly had to stop using these shipping boxes for people in foreign countries because they made way too many postmen curious enough to open the box and steal its content. Foreign people will therefore receive a very boring box, with the cute, decorated wrapped books inside that box instead.

All of my products are free from animal ingredients and slave labour because I think that, when bringing a product on the market, all parties involved should be treated with respect. Therefore all of my products are vegan and fairtrade approved. While it is impossible for people to completely avoid the bulk of slave labour produced products in their daily lives, it is important that we keep protesting against (child) slave labour through (online) petitions. Thankfully an increasing amount of people is already doing this, so more Western companies have already improved the working conditions of workers and their wages. If you think that my products are pricy, please remember that this is because parents are paid a fair wage so their children don't have to work, but can go to school instead.
Most of Pupa's products are eco-friendly (especially the clothes) because I care about you and your skin. Most of the clothes are made of organic cotton, but I also have some made out of bamboo, tencel and other sustainable plant materials. My books are always made of recycled or FSC-approved paper, so you can make sure that no forests have been cut down for its paper. I'm currently also testing more environmentally-friendly inks for them, like soybased ink. More info coming soon.

Made with love
All of Pupa's unique designs are drawings created by me. In my free time, I draw them with love and passion in the defence of animals and the earth. Pupa's products are self-published, produced in small quantities, and therefore often have limited stock. They are only available though my website, Etsy shop or other pages run by me.
About Pupa's micro sanctuary
Pupa's micro sanctuary is a non-profit animal sanctuary in my garden. I rescue dumped bunnies and rodents and give them a new home in my garden where they can live out their lives in peace. The domestic animals who are brought here have been dumped in the wild/trash/street by apathetic people, in which they have no chance to survive on their own. Some animals are rescued from fur farms and similar hellholes. When they arrive in the sanctuary (they often arrive sick/injured), I provide medical care (if nessecary). Once the animals recover, they are introduced to the group. While there are beds and a barn for the animals to take shelter from the weather, there are no cages used in my sanctuary. Because of my special introduction program (I'm basically the bunneh whisperer, LOL), combined with the cage-free amount of space the animals have, even a lot of males live together amongst females without fighting. I will never breed animals, nor put them up for adoption, because I think that they deserve better than being caged like criminals or to serve as children's toys. Therefore all male rabbits are neutered. Pupa's sanctuary is the animals their final destination, a place where they can grow old and happy. I've been paying for their feed, medical treatment and spaying/neutering from my own pocket for almost 5 years, but because the number of animals has been increasing lately, I started With its profit, I can save more animals. Me and the animals are therefore grateful for every purchase. My current goal is to gather enough funds for a bigger field, where I can take in more animals who need help. Hopefully this little shop will help me get to that goal a bit faster. I'd be happy if you'd spread the word about my humble webshop. 

Sometimes I trim the weed in my front yard. There are so many different kinds of plants, and many of the weeds are suitable for rabbits, so I sometimes treat them to it.

Below there will follow some rescue stories about how certain animals ended up here. 

This black and white one is called a "Lotharinger" in Holland. I found her in a trash can. Yes, someone had thrown away a nest of baby bunnies in mid winter. The trash can was open and the garbage was about to be collected within a few hours. I didn't know who threw them away: all trash of the whole street is piled up together here. I examined all rabbits carefully, only to discover that they were all dead, except for one. I took her home, warmed her up and she made it. After she recovered, I introduced her to the group. It's been a few years ever since, and she's grown so much. She and the rabbits saved from the meat industry are the 3 biggest of them all.

Niet-Pluis, Pluis and his mom Melk were the only 2 rabbits that weren't rescued. Melk used to be my mom's rabbit, which she gave to me, and Pluis and Niet-Pluis were her sons. All 3 of them were pet shop rabbits, from shitty breeders apparently, because they were extremely sensitive to maggots, especially Niet-Pluis. Niet-Pluis had a deformity around his sexual organs. When he peed, the pee got stuck between skinfolds that weren't supposed to be there. Some rabbits from bad breeders also have this problem: it's awful. It will form bacteria, irritation, the fur will fall out all around the sexual organs and back legs and it will become red, attracting maggots, even in the cleanest living space. Niet-Pluis was a rabbit with a lot of work and that costed a lot of money. I regulary washed him and sprayed anti-maggot spray on him. The vet regulary removed maggots from him, sometimes even in the middle of the night. We've always been in time spotting maggots and quickly removd them. He then started to feel well, his fur grew back and he became the happy rabbit again he always was. Sadly, every few months the problem returned and I repeated the process. He clearly had a great will to live, so I kept doing it every time, because he was really happy with his life. Eventually, the problem started to become an every day thing and his condition worsened when the skin around his sexual organs and legs became so thin, that waiting any longer would result into his bones tearing through it. When I put down an animal, I always ask myself if it's really their time, instead of choosing to put them down out of laziness or to save money. We wouldn't put a human down as soon as we discover they are sick: we stretch it as much as we can, until the human doesn't want it anymore, or when the pain becomes unbearable. And sadly this was the case for Niet-Pluis at that moment. He wasn't happy anymore, he couldn't play anymore and I didn't want to wait until his bones started to break through... so I brought him to the vet and said goodbye. I buried him in my garden, next to his mother who passed away a few months before he did at age 12 and his brother Pluis who passed away at age 9. Niet-Pluis became 11 years old. It was so sad, I still miss them a lot. But at least they've lived a good and happy life and I've done the best I can to make them happy until the end. Please stop breeding animals "because flappy would have such cute babies", people. You never know what shitty conditions they might get.

R.I.P. Niet-Pluis (10), Melk (11) and Pluis (8) 2017.

This sweet, gentle rabbit and another one like her were rescued by an unknown activist from the meat industry. Just in time, because the day after they were about to be artificially inseminated (raped) by some perverted money-hungry farmer. The rescuer has sent me the photos of the rabbits their living conditions back there: it was awful, like a horror movie. Rabbits are affectionate, social animals that enjoy the company of other rabbits. They express joy through 'binkys' where they run, jump into the air, twist their body and flick their feet. Rabbits also have strong hind limbs which allow them to leap great distances. They can jump up to one metre high and three metres long.

Within the battery cage though, these natural behaviours are denied. Like battery caged chickens, meat rabbits are kept in small cages suspended above the floor where faecal matter builds up below them. A 100 doe farm creates roughly 153kgs of faeces plus urine each day.This causes high ammonia levels which burn the fragile hocks of the rabbit’s feet and irritate their eyes. Imagine the smell and the ammonia build up these animals are exposed to. Cages are often constructed with wire mesh flooring which restricts thermoregulation and causes foot and hock injuries as well as pododermatitis to rabbit feet. The space they are provided is roughly 0.07m2 per rabbit inside the cage. This is only slightly bigger than an A4 piece of paper. There is no stimulation inside the cages and no outside access. The cages are also of insufficient height. Rabbits require 70cm per hop. Jumping is nearly impossible within the barren cages provided. They struggle to stand with ears erect and are deprived of expressing natural behaviours such as digging and hiding.

Meat rabbits are killed at roughly 12 weeks of age. Females kept for breeding can be forced to live in these conditions for 56 weeks while they produce 7 litters. Despite their need to socialise, bucks (male breeder rabbits) are kept in total isolation. Rabbits are susceptible to parasitic diseases as well as bacterial and viral infections. Husbandry practices at battery caged facilities create inviting atmospheres for these health problems. Head tilt (wry neck), where the head tilts to one side, is a common problem with a variety of causes including middle ear infections, parasitic infections, brain tumours or head trauma. Head tilts can frequently be so sever their eye is scraped along the ground and the rabbit has problems moving and feeding. Cervical dislocation is the most common method to kill rabbits on the farm that are sick or injured.

But thankfully that hell is over now for these two (and a few others which they brought to other sanctuaries). Now they can run, jump, dig and play instead of getting their throats slit. Despite them looking almost exactly the same, they both have very different personalities. One is pretty shy and spends a lot of time inside the barn, while the other one is very curious little fella who loves to explore and stick around you.

This was our first attempt to build a fence. It looked horrible! Haha. Now we have re-made it from wood and attached a barn because the cages you see in the background in this photo were weak and old and broke when we tried to move it.

I found this rabbit on the road. It wasn't a wild rabbit: I could clearly tell by the way she moved. Someone had abandoned her near the park, which often happen during the holidays. Her head had lost a part of its fur: she was clearly ill. She had scabies, I could see it in a blink of an eye. It was still early in the morning when I started running after the white, fluffy being to catch her on my high heels like a freak. People who passed by thought I was insane, but I didn't care. A little boy and his father stopped to ask me what I was doing. 
"Um, well... my rabbit ran away," I lied. The father and son both stepped off their bike and before I knew, they were chasing the rabbit, too. It probably looked funny: an adult businessman, a little boy and a lady on high heels chasing after a bunny. With their help I eventually caught the rabbit and took her home. I temporarily put her in a cage and treated her scabies and other diseases. After she recovered, I introduced her to the group.

This is Geno, a longhair chihuahua, who came from a horrible place. His previous owner beat him and never let him go outside: he lived in a cage inside the house 24/7 and pooped and peed on the ground. He was used for the sole purpose to breed to make the owner money by selling his puppies. When I came to get him out of there, I stepped into one big messy house full of dirty dinner plates, empty cans of beer and a disgusting smell. And there he was: a 3 year old dog. He was dirty, smelled awful and had a lot of tangles in his fur. And the owner put the dog into a plastic bag before handing him over to me, like an object. I left in disgust. The dog was completely traumatized. He was extremely scared of everything, especially men, and bit my brother's and a guy I used to date their faces open when they wanted to pet him. He couldn't walk on a leash, every sound frightened him and whenever a female dog passed by, he screamed like he was being tortured when he wasn't allowed to go to her. Apparently that was the only way to kill time back in his old home. I had to neuter him for this behaviour to stop.

Today, after years of kindness and patience, he is now a playful, happy dog who loves to run on the beach and in the park. He no longer bites anyone and is a friend of both adults and children now. I called the animal protection on the previous owner, but they were too lazy to do something about it and didn't even bother to go over there (shame on them!) so sadly, I couldn't save the other dogs trapped in that hell.

Molly's previous owner couldn't care for her anymore. His entire family, except him, had passed away and the guy had too many animals to take care of. So he gave up Molly, age 8 back then, to me. I had never seen so many different species of fleas and ticks on 1 animal: which all passed down the drain when I washed her. She didn't have much hair because of the parasites; apparently her previous owner had never heard of anti-flea drops. Her belly had become bald because of it and so did her legs. It took some time for the fur to return, but after that she appeared to be a beautiful, little mix breed. She is partly mug, but I don't know what the other part is... chihuahua or jack russel perhaps? Molly is a very social animal who loves to sit on your lap all the time. She is the most kind, gentle dog of them all and doesn't need a leash when I walk her. When I say "wait" when we are about to cross the road, she instantly stops until I tell her to cross. She's been living here for a few years now and will turn 11 soon. Time flies! She, Kiki and Geno are the only 3 dogs allowed to get into the rabbit field with me. She is very kind, quiet and gentle. She has plenty of baskets and poufs, but she still prefers my bed to sleep in. Haha.

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