Buy Vegan Chocolate Bunnies for Easter, Not Real Ones
When it comes to celebrating Easter, stick to buying chocolate.
Stuff.co.nz addressed the commitment of taking in a pet, and the influx of rabbits needing homes that routinely follows the bunny-happy holiday.
They spoke to Huha (Helping you Help Animals) founder Carolyn Press McKenzie, who said, “The fallout comes when the penny drops that these aren’t easy care creatures … They are vital, intelligent, special animals who deserve a lot more than people think.” A rabbit owner myself, I can attest to the pounds of greens, high amounts of activity, and cheek rubs that are necessary for keeping my hoppy roommate happy.
Wellington Rabbit Rescue founder Chrissy Joy spoke to Stuff about why so many bunnies are being purchased; “People can walk into a pet shop and buy a cheap bunny, they’re cute and fluffy which is what people like.” With the low price point and accessibility, it’s easy for rabbits to be taken home quickly. Pair that with the bunny imagery on Easter advertising, and it’s easy for parents to fall victim to the misconception that rabbits are child-friendly cage pets.
If you have the space and understanding of what it means to care for a rabbit, read my story of adoption, and consider rescuing a forgotten Easter present following the holiday. Rather than giving rabbits as gifts, give the gift of a good home to a rabbit!