Spring has sprung in California (not that we ever get winter!) and with it comes bunny season. Bunny cards, bunny candies, bunny plushies, bunny everything! Of course, bunny season is our absolute favorite season!
However, there is a dark side to this fabulous time: Easter. We don't object to Easter itself...We are all for religious tolerance and ham! We heartily object to the misuse of rabbits that has escalates during the Easter season. As a crazy bunny lady and a rescue bunny, we feel it is our job to act as ambassadors for rabbit-kind. We must educate the wider population about these wonderful creatures and protect rabbits from harmful misinformation.
|Harmful? I don't think I like the sound of that!|
One of the biggest sources of misinformation about rabbits involves the idea of Easter bunnies. Not the big furry one who brings candy, but a small delicate living animal being given as a gift. Let's make this very clear: Bunnies are not gifts or toys! They are living, breathing commitments that require extensive care and lots of understanding. They may not like children or want to be touched. They require healthcare and interaction. They are year-round bunnies, not just 'Easter' bunnies! Sadly, many of these rabbits end up homeless or in shelters once their 'owners' discover that real rabbits have needs.
As ambassadors to the lagomorph, Scarlett and I came up with a few simple ideas to prevent rabbit tragedies this Easter:
- Don't Give Live Animals as Gifts! This should be self-explanatory. Bringing someone an extra mouth to feed and another source of dirt is not a gift. Try chocolate or other bunny-themed items!
- Keep Chocolate Up High! Many a bun has been known to investigate and eat dangerous human treats. Chocolate can be fatal to rabbits so best keep the goodies out of reach.
- You Can Never Have Too Many Craisins! They make excellent gifts for every occasion. Big baskets full of craisins!
- Adopt, Don't Buy! There are plenty of bunnies waiting for good homes. Give one a chance!
XOXO Meaghan and Scarlett