Written by PETA
While most of us are busy stuffing plastic eggs and scoping out hiding places, animal shelters are bracing for the onslaught of abandoned rabbits after Easter. The House Rabbit Society reports that every year, thousands of rabbits as well as chicks and ducks are stuffed into Easter baskets and then turned over to animal shelters after the holiday. Worse, some domesticated rabbits are simply left outside, where they have no chance of surviving.
Rabbits can live up to 10 years and require specialized care. They can't tolerate extreme heat or cold, and they need specific foods and stimulating environments. They need as much attention as a dog or cat, but they are delicate and can be nervous, so they aren't ideal for young children.
If, after careful consideration, you have decided to bring a rabbit into your home and care for him or her for the next decade, please adopt from your local animal shelter after Easter—and make the bunny in your basket a charming chocolate version instead.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
Three … two … one … happy New Year! Today marks the beginning of the traditional Chinese New Year, and 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit. There are a lot of great ways to make a difference for rabbits this year. You can e-mail the bunny butcher herself, Donna Karan, and urge her to switch to faux fur. You can make a donation in any amount to PETA's anti-fur campaign to help us put an end to rabbits being killed for their fur. You can also encourage friends and family members not to buy rabbits on a whim (for the Chinese New Year, Easter, or anytime).
To celebrate the Year of the Rabbit, many people often purchase rabbits from breeders or pet shops. Sadly, most of these rabbits end up neglected, dumped at an animal shelter, or turned loose in the wild, where they have little chance to survive. According to the House Rabbit Society, rabbits have fragile skeletons that are prone to fractures, and they do not like to be carried or cuddled. Rabbits also need considerable exercise, not confinement, and they do not like noise. Educate yourself on the needs of rabbits before adopting one and please do not give them as gifts or give to a child. Anyone considering welcoming a rabbit into his or her home as a companion should adopt one from an animal shelter or rescue group—rather than supporting greedy breeders—and plan on making a 10-year commitment.
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