NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:
Over the next few weeks, many local adults will be tempted to buy an Easter rabbit for a beloved child, godchild, grandchild, niece, or nephew.
And a few months from now, our local animal shelters will be, as they are every year, inundated by a flood of cast-off bunnies. Heartland Rabbit Rescue asks that everyone who is considering buying a rabbit this year stop and think about three important facts:
First, although rabbits can make wonderful pets, they are naturally fragile and easily frightened. An active child who expects a cuddly pet can terrify or even injure a rabbit.
Second, a well cared for rabbit should live as long as a dog or cat (ten years or more) and will require just as much love, attention, and specialized veterinary (including spaying/neutering) care as a dog or cat would. No living animal is a prop to “teach” responsibility, they are a commitment and an obligation...one often way beyond the capabilities, capacities and resources of a child.
Third, just as there are countless dogs and cats without homes, so are there numerous rabbits who are languishing in shelters and rescues...often doomed to be killed unless adopted. Never buy a living being, if you wish to share your home with an animal, visit your local rescue organizations and adopt in order to save a life.
If you want to make this Easter happy for a child (and for the Easter bunny too) don’t give a live rabbit, give a stuffed or chocolate bunny instead and make a donation to one of the many excellent local animal rescues on their behalf.
Member, Board of Directors
Heartland Rabbit Rescue
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