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.
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