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I know, I know chocolate is bad, bad, bad for dogs but this isn’t about dogs. This is about bunnies.
Lots of people associate bunnies with Easter and since bunnies are so cute, they buy live ones and put them in Easter Baskets. Live bunnies are NOT toys! They are critters who need love and affection and food and toys (I’m not sure what toys bunnies like but they must like toys).
Anyway, thousands of little bunnies are raised at places like puppy mills and sold at Easter time. The bunnies raised in these places are not taken care of at all. Some are so sick when they are born that they die within days or weeks. The bad people who breed them don’t see them as helpless little critters, only as a way to make some money.
Some bunnies even get their fur colored pink to make them “cuter”. It is very sad that up to 80% of them end up in shelters or let loose in parks or woods to live on their own.
Shelters are supposed to be temporary homes for critters and when they get too full, they have to euthanize some. Euthanize is a big word for making dead so many of the bunnies that end up in shelters never even get rescued but are killed.
The bunnies that are let go in parks and woods don’t do much better. They are not born and raised in the woods where they have their Mamas to teach them how to find good food and hide from enemies. They are little tiny critters, alone and afraid. Most don’t last very long before they get eaten. That’s how it is in the woods world so that’s why animals that are not born there need to have good homes with humans who will take care of them and love them.
What can you do? Don’t support stores that sell Easter Bunnies. Bunnies make wonderful pets, almost as good as dogs. If you do want to get a bunny, get one from a reputable breeder or better yet, adopt one from your local shelter or area rabbit rescue. Before you buy, learn about how to take care of them. You can find out more about how to be a good bunny parent at a website called makeminechocolate.org.
I think bunnies are cute and it’s nice that bunnies are part of the Easter celebration. But please make sure any bunny you put in your Easter Basket is a plush one you buy in a toy store or a chocolate one.
P.S. Blatant Self-promotion. We use chocolate and plush bunnies in our Easter Baskets and we’d be happy to make one up for you.
Posted by Marie and Zeva at 4:26 AM
This article was originally published by Zeva The Dancing Dog