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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:

 http://rabbit.org/frequently-asked-questions/

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. 

easter 2017 - april 16th

HOW ANIMALS SUFFER AT EASTER


Part 3. COLOURED CHICKS


The brightly coloured chicks on sale at this time of year are adorable. But what is being used to dye the chicks, and how is it done? And what happens when the cute and cuddly rainbow chicks don’t have those pretty colours any more. And are full grown and not quite as cute.

The dye is either injected into the incubating egg at 18 days. They take 21 days to hatch. A dab of wax is put on top to cover the hole up, and it goes back in the incubator.

An alternative method is to spray the chicks. The dye is sprayed on the hatchling and then it is put back in the incubator. Farmers claim that these methods don’t hurt the chicks, because the food colouring is perfectly safe. But there is strong evidence that chicks around the world are tipped into buckets and tossed around as the dye is added. Many chicks die from shock.

Poultry farmers say it is harmless – but they obviously have a vested interest in a gimmick that leads to greater sales. Animal Welfare Organisations have disagreed with these practices for many years. They say that the practice is stressful for the birds and turns live birds into holiday playthings who are quickly discarded.

According to the American Humane Association, the majority of baby chicks die from stress or the lack of proper care within a few weeks of the holiday.

Animal shelters overflow with unwanted grown chicks who have lost their rainbow colours.

In some cases, unwanted chickens are returned to breeders who use them for food.


THIS VIDEO GIVES AN IDEA OF HOW MANY OF THESE CHICKS ARE DYED.

(DISTRESSING - There is a description and stills, if you would rather not watch the video)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3502359/Sickening-video-shows-tiny-chicks-thrown-bucket-DYED-sold-market.html

With thanks to The Telegraph, Audubon, One Green Planet, The American Bible Society, Wikipedia, Mother Nature Network, Woodstock Sanctuary, Occupy for Animals & The American Humane Society.

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