It’s April if you haven’t noticed. That means spring in full-swing, warm (ish) weather, and Easter.
Easter is a scary time of year for rabbit lovers.
Why? It’s when the Easter Bunny comes!!
Yes it is, but it’s also when impulsive shoppers buy a pet bunny-rabbit for their children for Easter thinking it will be a “cute” or “fun” gift for their 5-year-old kid.
Of course rabbits are cute and fun, but they require a lot of time, attention, and care. Can a 5-year-old kid provide that? Well, I haven’t met all the 5-year-olds in the world, but I can confidently say that no, they cannot.
Rabbits, my friends, are not Easter toys. They’re 10 year commitments.
Each year, thousands of baby rabbits, chicks, and ducks are purchased as Easter gifts only to be abandoned or left at shelters in the days, weeks and months that follow Easter (rabbit.org).
Does that seem fair or humane?
Sadly, rabbits purchased soley as an Easter present don’t last long enough to see their 1st birthday. It’s a heartbreaking but true fact.
After the novelty wears off, the child will lose interest therefore, the bunny will become neglected, kept in its cage, and most likely be forgotten about.
Unless the parents who bought the rabbit are willing to take on full responsibility and care for them, they should opt to get their child a chocolate or stuffed bunny instead.
It may sound a bit harsh, but ask any rabbit lover and they will tell you the same answer. We all just want what’s best for every rabbit.
For more information visit http://rabbit.org/easter-and-rabbits-do-not-mix/.