easter 2017 - 16th April
HOW ANIMALS SUFFER AT EASTER
Part One. RABBITS
The rabbit is a representation of fertility and rebirth. Every year baby
bunnies are bought on impulse as gifts for children.
Many of the bunnies adopted as Easter pets
will never live to see their first birthday.
Some die from neglect or improper care, others are dropped off at animal shelters, while still others are simply abandoned. Almost 80 percent of bunnies that are up for adoption at shelters were once purchased as Easter gifts.
When shelters cannot adopt out all these animals into loving homes or a rescue facility, many are euthanized.
A common misperception is that rabbits are good pets for children. But many rabbits do not enjoy being held and will kick and claw when picked up. Rabbits are delicate creatures and struggling to get out of the grasp of a child (or adult) can leave them with broken bones or other injuries.
Rabbits are timid creatures. Loud noises or children running around can scare them.
Adopting a rabbit is a big commitment. Rabbits have a life span of over ten years. If you adopt a baby bunny for your ten-year-old, be prepared to care for the rabbit when your child leaves home.. Many shelters have older rabbits that would love a caring forever home.
Rabbits are high maintenance. Children may lose interest in a rabbit when the novelty has worn off or find it burdensome to care for him or her.
Rabbits should be seen more as a family pet, with the parent(s) being the rabbit’s primary carer.
THIS WEBSITE IS AN EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD GUIDE TO EVERYTHING IT TAKES TO KEEP A HAPPY, HEALTHY RABBIT AS A PET - FROM HOUSE RABBIT SOCIETY:
With thanks to The Telegraph, Audubon, One Green Planet, The American Bible Society, Wikipedia, Mother Nature Network, The House Rabbit Society, Woodstock Sanctuary, Occupy for Animals & The American Humane Society.