Raising Rabbits Tips: Bunnies make bad Easter gifts
You’re driving down the road, and parked on the side is a car with a few cardboard boxes on the ground. You get out and find that it’s filled with the cutest, fuzziest little bunnies that you’ve ever seen.
But don’t be fooled; just because they look cute and cuddly now does not mean they are the ideal new pet for your kids.
Anyone with any experience raising rabbits knows that it’s a bad idea to buy a rabbit on a whim. In fact, it’s a lot like buying a puppy or kitten at Christmas. These animals need someone responsible looking after them, and a rabbit even more so than other animals which you’d have more contact with daily. Since your rabbits are silent and will be in a cage most of the time, they can’t protest when you forgot their breakfast or need to have their cages cleaned.
And the most alarming issue is that people would just set these animals free in the wild. A domesticated rabbit that has been dependent on humans for food and protection will not last long at all in the wilderness. You’re essentially sending that animal off to become dinner for a larger predator, because that rabbit isn’t going to have a clue about how to hide, dig a burrow or where to look for food.
“They’re so cute, but rabbits are high-maintenance animals,” said Doreen Reynolds-Consolati, a volunteer with The House Rabbit Connection. “And sometimes, people buy them for their kids, and after a few weeks, they’re not fun anymore.”
Some parents then release the animals into the woods.
“And when you let a rabbit out into the wild, you haven’t set it free,” said another volunteer, Claire Bosma. “You’ve signed its death warrant.”
Read the full article about why bunnies make bad Easter gifts here.
If you’re breeding rabbits and considering selling them for the Easter holiday, be responsible and make sure the families taking your buns know they are getting in to before they finalize the purchase! And if you were thinking about picking up a rabbit, duck, chick or any other super cute little baby critter for Easter, give some consideration to what you’ll do with the critter once it’s grown out of the cute phase…and if you can raise it until it would be ready for slaughter. Chances are, you’re better off just leaving the little guys where they are.