Rabbits are a familiar symbol of the Easter holiday. In the days leading up to it, they appear on television commercials and packages of candy, and stores are filled with stuffed rabbits. It is no surprise that children beg their parents for a bunny of their own. Ill-prepared to care for these unique creatures, their owners often quickly tire of them. In the months following Easter, local humane societies and rabbit rescues are flooded with rabbits, former Easter gifts whose owners no longer want them. The unlucky ones are dumped outside where predators, cars, illness, and injury virtually guarantee an early death.
Help prevent the abandonment of pet rabbits. Rabbits are not disposable pets!
- Consider giving only chocolate bunnies (or plush rabbits for those concerned about calories) for Easter.
- Share the message. Join the Make Mine Chocolate™ Facebook Fan page, Group page, Cause page, or all three!
- Spread the word. Print and distribute any of these Make Mine Chocolate™ free downloads (Flyers, postcards, merchant boxes, etc.)
- Learn about rabbits. Check out The Interactive Bun to learn if a rabbit is the right pet for your family
Why it Matters
- Rabbits are a long term commitment – they can live for 8 – 10 years or more.
- Rabbits DO NOT make good children’s’ pets. They hate being picked up or held.
- Unwanted former Easter rabbits are a problem for virtually all rabbit rescues, humane societies, and animal welfare organizations.
- Rabbits cannot be ‘set free’. This is a painful, terrifying death sentence. Domestic rabbits are not equipped to live in the wild.
What are you waiting for? Hop to it and spread the word. Some bunny special will appreciate your help.
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