Mommy, We Want a Bunny!
Here’s an Easter tip from Huffington Post for parents thinking about buying a “live” Easter bunny: Live animals don’t belong in Easter baskets! As adorable as baby bunnies, chicks and ducks may be, they aren’t great gifts. They require an intense level of care and have life expectancies of up to around 20 years. Every year, in the months following Easter, thousands of bunnies, chicks, and ducks either die from improper care or are surrendered to already over-burdened animal shelters.
Before adopting a live animal to hide among the synthetic grass in your child’s Easter basket this year, give some serious thoughts to the following considerations.
What Lesson Will You Teach?
Presenting children with a pet they are not capable of caring for and you are not willing to care for in the long term sends very negative messages about responsibility, consequences and the value of life. How will it affect your child should your new pet die from improper care? What does it say about love, caring and responsibility if you abandon your new pet to a shelter within a year?
Living creatures are not disposable. If you are not accustomed to keeping pets, have not done extensive research on the care necessary and are not ready to commit up to 20 years to the care of a new companion animal, then bunnies, chicks and ducks are not for you.
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