Monday, April 02, 2007

Rabbits and Easter Don't Mix

We rabbit owners tend to feel a bit of dread every Easter season. That's because many people, particularly parents, give rabbits as presents at Easter. Every year, thousands of rabbits are purchased by or given to people who don't think through the consequences of their decision.

One poster published every year by the House Rabbit Society is headed like this: "He's not a child's toy. He's a real, live, ten-year commitment."

Many Easter rabbits end up abandoned in the wild, defenseless and hopeless. Their final days are spent in confusion and terror, enduring harsh temperatures and bloodthirsty predators. All for the sake of putting a smile on a child's face for five minutes on Easter morning.

It's not worth the price.

So this Easter, don't buy a rabbit.

9 comments:

jim said...

Just buy a chick and a duck.

John said...

Never give animals as gifts.

Andrew C. Thompson said...

It is interesting to think how our treatment of all animals might change if we viewed them as God's possessions instead of our own. That's a question of stewardship, methinks.

Sally said...

Good post John- too many animals are ill treated or abandoned because we don't consider them as Gods creatures.

Mark Winter said...

Google "Animal Rescue" to see how many sites come up. It's a cryin' shame.

Vicki said...

Just make mine dark chocolate (in flavor, not color) and we'll all be happy!

Tom Jackson said...

A little off topic, but there are some excessively cute bunny photos at

http://community.livejournal.com/washingtondc/1924393.html

gavin richardson said...

my mom (a dog show trainer and breeder) gets all hot and bothered as people give dogs for Christmas.

i hate that i see all these rabbit stands on the side of the street showing up this time of year.

bob said...

suck ma balls