The following article was written by
youth marketing coordinator and proud rabbit "parent" Courtney Smith.
candy is eaten, the colorful baskets are stowed in the attic, and the tiny
frilly socks and poofy pastel dresses are thrown in the back of the closet. The
only semblance of Easter that remains are a few plastic eggs that are still MIA
in the yard and a lonely bunny who went from celebrated icon to old news before
he was just 2 months old.
is how I found my second rabbit, Little Bun, who is now the life partner of my
first rabbit, Edwin. Little Bun was crammed into a tiny cage in a
photographer's dark corner closet, thrown away like a set prop. His brothers
and sisters were given away to parents who wanted to stuff them in baskets as a
"surprise" for their children. He was only 2 months old and was
already all alone and ignored.
his fate is not the worst of all the bunnies who are impulsively purchased in the sugar- and cottontail-induced frenzy that is Easter. Some do not find
good homes. Many are turned over to animal shelters after kids grow bored with
them, or, worse, they are let outside to be "free" and are very
quickly hit by cars or eaten by other animals.
truth is, rabbits are not good pets for children. They are nothing like the
precious E.B. from Hop whom your
children are imagining when they beg for a bunny. Even the Hop website has put a disclaimer discouraging viewers from running
out of the theater and going straight to the pet store to buy their own "rock
'n' roll bunny."
rabbits don't play the guitar or the drums. They are prey animals and are
therefore very scared and skittish. They don't perform in rock concerts, and they
usually hide during the day. Sometimes the only way you know that they have
come out is that they have chewed something up, like your shoe or the wall.
you can't imagine the thought of having a somewhat anti-social, skittish, and
possibly expensive (can you say specialty vet bills?!) little fluff ball of
destruction hopping around your house for the next eight to 10 years, get your
kids a chocolate version of their new favorite bunny instead!
you find that you still want to give a bunny a good home after your candy has
digested, there will be plenty of rejected Easter bunnies who will need loving
caretakers in the next couple of months. Head to your local animal shelter and
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