Prevent Cruelty this Easter

It’s hard not to be a sucker for cute baby bunnies, ducks and chicks, but much the same way puppies aren’t just Christmas presents, these small animals often end up as impulse Easter purchases that can end with disastrous results.

Unfortunately, many people don’t realize the commitment, expenses and special care that’s involved which can result in these animals being dropped off at shelters, or set free to find themselves susceptible to injury or starvation.

According to Utah’s Humane Society, national statistics show that within the first few weeks of Easter an estimated 30 percent of all Easter “pets” die and another 60 percent to 70 percent are abandoned or turned in to shelters. Yes, shockingly, that’s almost all of them.

Children can also often unintentionally injure animals, not realizing how fragile they are.

Animal welfare groups also warn people that ducks and chicks can carry salmonella, which can cause serious health problems for children.

If you or someone you know is considering an Easter pet, please make sure it’s a well planned decision. Pets deserve a lifelong commitment, which may make stuffed animals and chocolate bunnies the best Easter option. 

Oh, and if you’re looking for a reason to skip the Easter ham, you’ve got to follow this link and meet Kingsford…he may end up changing your menu!!






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Clare R.
Clare R.6 years ago

Animals are not toys or souvenirs. I agree that making such gift should be a well planned decision.

Lisa Medina
Lisa Medina6 years ago

I did vote yes, but that's because I am an adult. I understand what an animal involves, I own 3 cats & 2 dogs, all strays/from animal shelters or rescues, all spade & neutered.
I would also buy one for my child, but only my child, where I could ensure that they'd be learning how to care for said animal. I would never buy an animal for another person's child, because I couldn't be sure they would take care of the animal.

Peggy M.
Peggy M.6 years ago

Never,ever but a bunny as a gift for a child!!! I am 42 years old and a proud owner of two adorable rabbits. They are both females and are both spayed. These animals need a special kind of caring and not the kind a child can give them!! They truly are a high maintenance pet. They need their time out of their cage and regular cleaning of their cages A lot of attention must be paid to these animals. They make wonderful pets but you have to be willing to put in the effort. And if you do they can bring you so much joy. Spaying and neutering is definetly an issue!!! This is so important when it comes to these animals. Not only because of baby bunnies being born but also because it calms down their behavior and prevents them from developing disease. Females if not spayed 80-85% of the time develop uterine cancer before they reach the age of 2 years. And I feel the issue of spaying and neutering is NOT stressed enough when it comes to bunnies. They are a commitment for 10 years plus and they are a high maintenance pet. Definitely NOT for a child. So parents if you decide to buy a bunny for your child be prepared to end up looking after it because children ALWAYS lose interest!! Bunnies DO NOT like to be picked up and DO NOT like to be cuddled!!! They come to you on their own terms almost like a cat. But if you understand a bunny and their behavior and get them spayed or neutered you'll have a loyal friend that TOTALLY adores you for a lifetime!! DO NOT BUY ON IMPULSE PLEASE!!!!

Bernadettte P.
BernadetteP P.6 years ago

iagree dont get rabbit for them ,they have lot a babies and get back at the shelters also , and same with chicks on show on animals cruerty i saw colered chidks form eggs. get the dhild a cat or a dog.

Amy Blowers
Amy Blowers6 years ago

I incorrectly posted the wrong link in my last post. It is sorry for the mix up.

Amy Blowers
Amy Blowers6 years ago

My daughters and I raise rabbits to show for 4-H and FFA. We do sell some as pets but never around this time of year too many of these bunnies end up dead, abandoned, or permantly injured due accidents, or to the lack of knowledge of what it takes to have a rabbit. Please visit to get a better idea of what these poor animals face at easter.

Helen T.
Helen T.6 years ago

I have had a pet rabbit, and currently my parents feed one that is obviously an escaped domestic rabbit, not a wild one. He started hanging around their place a few years ago. I wonder if he wasn't someone's Easter bunny. We've named it "Pat," as we haven't been able to pick it up and determine gender.

I can't fathom why people would think chicks or duckings would be an appropriate pet! But please bring on the marshmallow Peeps! Yes, I know they aren't vegan.

Past Member 6 years ago

There are thousands of bunnies and such to adopt in shelters everywhere, I have a bunny someone didnt want anymore. Please adopt them. PetCo isnt all bad, their bunnies are shelter bunnies called companion rabbit organization in minnesota.

Lori Childers
Lori Childers6 years ago

All I have to say is: if you have to hurt animals to feel like a big bad person,you have major mental problems!!! Lori

Suzanna van der Voort

Animals are sentient beings, just like us humans and when somebody want/love to take care of an animal, he/she would take this decision with his/her mind and heart and with the knowledge how to take proper care of an animal as long as the animal will live. Animals are NO gifts, NO things to give away.
When you do, you are guilty of abuse and neglect after a while when the baby-animal is no cute baby-animal anymore, but an adult animal.