By Andrew Puccetti
Rabbits are a major symbol of the Easter Holiday. During this time of the year, they are advertised as basket-stuffers for children. They are marketed as cute and fluffy toys that kids can play with. Because of this, thousands of rabbits are purchased for Easter gifts every year.
Although this is the case, do not be fooled by all of the Easter advertising. Adopting and keeping a rabbit requires a lot of thought and consideration, and it’s not a decision you can take lightly.
Unfortunately, many people do not take the time to do their research on the proper care of a rabbits. Because of this, there is an overwhelming amount of abandoned rabbits and overcrowded animal shelters. Animal shelters do not always have the resources to take care of the many rabbits they receive, thus many end up euthanizing them. Worse, no longer desired rabbits are often dumped outside and injured or killed.
Here are some important facts to consider about rabbits:
Please consider these facts and decide if you are in the right situation to take a rabbit into your home. If your family is set on getting a rabbit, do not purchase one. Adopting is the best choice all around. Do diligent research in rabbit care (the HSUS’s Rabbit Page is an excellent place to start) and go to the animal shelter when you find that you are ready.
Rabbits are not disposable; they are living creatures who need love and affection. This Easter season, consider making a donation to a shelter that houses rabbits, and encourage friends and loved ones not to fall for the short-lived Easter rabbit hype.
Check out TAILS Resources for rabbit shelters in your area.
Andrew Puccetti may only be fifteen years old, but he has already shown immense dedication and passion for the well-being of animals. Every other week Andrew will be here talking about the relationship between young people and animal rights–how they can make a difference, how they are already making a difference, and how important it is for kids to continue the fight for our animal companions. Learn about Andrew’s non-profit organization Live Life Humane and check out his blog!