Sunday, March 10, 2013

Prevent Hare Loss This Easter

Rabbit rescues are bracing for Easter bunny buying season this year.  It has been 14 years since I decided to do my part to get the message out. However, lots of people still don't know a toy bunny or a chocolate rabbit is a much more humane Easter gift.  The pet stores and feed stores who carry live baby bunnies at Easter aren't helping matters at all.  These rabbits often end up in shelters or worse.  The bunnies are usually only 4 weeks old and much too young to be weaned.  After all, the window of "cuteness" to market the rabbits will be gone within a month.  A couple of months after they are sold the rabbits will hit puberty and their raging "hare"mones will be on full display for unsuspecting buyers.  Children will not want to play with a pet that fights when picked up or cuddled.  Parents will be exasperated with the spraying and mess.  The feed or pet store never told them to have the rabbit neutered or spayed between 4 to 6 months.
There are a lot of good people out there working to educate the public about the perils of live rabbits as gifts at Easter.  See Make Mine Chocolate and visit the House Rabbit Society and countless other rabbit rescue groups on the web.