Happy Easter! (No Bunnies, Please)
Happy Easter, all!
You may or may not know that I’m Catholic, and so Easter is the biggest deal holiday of the year for me (and all the other Catholics). Despite what society might represent, Easter is the biggie for us, not Christmas. Sure, Christmas is important, but it’s really all about the mobile holiday where Jesus rose from the dead.
Over the past hundreds of years, though, Easter has become associated with something that I don’t always understand: the Easter Bunny.
Sure, the date is related to pagan fertility rituals (and what animal is more fertile that the bunny?) but how oh how did a celebration like Easter get a rabbit?
Unfortunately, because of the rabbity nature of Easter, lots of people think that a rabbit is a great pet. In college a friend of mine did just that and got a baby rabbit for his girlfriend. He then buried it about 6 weeks later, because they had no idea how to care for it.
Each year, hundreds of rabbits are bought as pets for kids, by folks who think that they’re doing something good. Unfortunately, they aren’t. 90 seconds of research online by Googling “Do rabbits make good pets” tells you pretty clearly that they make great pets, but that they require as much work as a cat or dog.
They require attention, but they don’t necessarily like to be held, just like a cat.
Rabbits also use a liter box, like a cat, and need room to run around. They make rally good pets. . . for adults and young adults. Not little kids.
For those who bought them already, rabbits are not wild animals. The rabbits you can get from a pet store have as much in common with wild rabbits as a shih tzu does with a wolf!
These rabbits that are bought and then released are being given a death sentence, usually within 72 hours. They don’t know how to hide from predators and will almost certainly be eaten. While that might be better than being strangled, decapitated, eviscerated, or crushed, the ways many are killed in commercial rabbit farms, let’s be honest, death pretty much sucks, regardless of how one dies.
Additionally, if you do really want a rabbit, they’re way overbred. A female rabbit can get pregnant as soon as she had given birth, and many breeders do just that, because it saves them time and time is money. Instead of going to a pet store and getting a rabbit that is probably too young to have been taken away from its mother (many are sold at 3 weeks, and need 8 weeks to be fully weaned) Google “rabbit adoption” or “rabbit sanctuary” to find a rabbit sanctuary near you.
Remember, rabbits live up to 10 years, and have needs, just like all other companion animals. They’re sweet, soft, and wonderful, but they’re not toys. They’re animals, and they deserve to have all the life and happiness that any animal does.
Easter is a celebration of life and rebirth. Please don’t “celebrate’ it by dooming one of God’s sweetest creatures to death.