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ACTION ALERT: Stop Promoting Rabbit Adoptions During Easter Season! PLEASE SIGN !


Animals  (tags: rabbits, welfare, care, promoting rabbit adoptions, easter )

Simone
- 2646 days ago - thepetitionsite.com
The fact that both WDIV and the Michigan Humane Society chose to air this segment right before Easter when people are getting rabbits as gifts that end up in shelters, pounds and rescues six months later is irresponsible.



   

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Lisa Parks (0)
Wednesday February 22, 2012, 5:04 am
once again, it's that time of year to exploit some animal somewhere for our own selfish whims....heartbreaking....
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 22, 2012, 5:54 am
Rabbits for easter? I prefer easter eggs. Stop exploiting animals - signed!
 

Jim Jaston (203)
Wednesday February 22, 2012, 6:01 am
signed!
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 22, 2012, 6:07 am
Signed and noted, couldn't agree more.
 

Laura H (950)
Wednesday February 22, 2012, 6:24 am
Noted and signed.
Back in 2003 I adopted a bunny from the city pound who was found hopping around a local park a few days after Easter.
Lincoln is still with me-happy, loved, and spoiled. My rabbits are house rabbits with 'play rooms' to run around in; toys everywhere...fresh food, grains, timothy hay...
Rabbits are NOT for children; I cannot understand why people can't do a little homework before deciding on a 'pet' for their children. And where in the hell do they get the idea that bunnies can survive outside?
 

Jason Green (235)
Wednesday February 22, 2012, 6:31 am
most gladly signed
 

Teresa W (782)
Wednesday February 22, 2012, 6:58 am
noted and signed
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 22, 2012, 7:05 am
94, thanks Simone
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 22, 2012, 7:32 am
Signed, thanks Simone.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 22, 2012, 8:29 am
118, TU Simone
 

Elizabeth P (99)
Wednesday February 22, 2012, 9:29 am
Noted and signed. Thank you.
 

Michele Wilkinson (106)
Wednesday February 22, 2012, 9:42 am
Noted and signed.
Thanks
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 22, 2012, 11:32 am
you can tell a lot about a person or society or company by the way it treats the beings it doesn't think it has to treat well.. we are change
life has value beyond measure
Peace and Love
 

Susan B (6)
Wednesday February 22, 2012, 11:33 am
I am 52yrs old and wll never remember an Easter that these little heartbeats weren't in someone's basket. My parents taught me how animals bless our lives. I wish tons of other people would realize the same thing.
 

Joe R (190)
Wednesday February 22, 2012, 11:42 am
Signed and noted.
 

Kate A (10)
Wednesday February 22, 2012, 12:10 pm
I rec'd a Lop Rabbit for Easter,and he's now turning 10 years old. I agree they shouldn't be given as Easter gifts. I was 18 when he joined our family.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 22, 2012, 12:20 pm
PLEASE parents, DO NOT BUY YOUR KIDS RABBITS FOR PETS AT EASTER! Stick with the rabbit PEEPS, they taste better and there is no cruelty involved!
 

. (0)
Wednesday February 22, 2012, 12:51 pm
Signed.
 

paula eaton (30)
Wednesday February 22, 2012, 2:38 pm
So many rabbits get abandoned, neglected or worse. Selling rabbits, baby ducks and chicks is cruel to the animals. Stop profitting on the sale of these gentle beings. They are not toys
.
 

Alison A (244)
Wednesday February 22, 2012, 3:25 pm
This is a subject close to my heart, rabbits are such complex animals, most people do not understand what that means, even a close friend of mine said "I though you just put them in a cage and gave them food!" I was disgusted by that comment and more disgusted that she claims to be an animal lover!!! Sadly this is the life that most rabbits get, a 4ft coffin with food when someone can be bothered.

Rabbits need to exercise everyday, for at least a few hours, they need toys for stimulation, they need a correct diet (most rabbits are fed an incorrect diet of muesli mixes and incorrect vegetables, did you know that they shouldn't be fed carrots or lettuce??? Carrots are fattening to rabbits and should be classed as a treat, lettuce will give them diarrhoea as it has no nutritional value whatsoever. A rabbit should eat their body size in hay EVERYDAY, if they don't want hay, you are feeding them too much crap!

They need company, you should never have one rabbit, but you should also not buy a new rabbit and put them with your existing one, they WILL fight and they can kill each other, they need to be bonded professionally.

So many people get rid of a rabbit because they say they are vicious to other rabbits, it is often a load of rubbish, some bonds don't work (how would you like someone to pick a lifetime mate for you?). but if done correctly, most rabbits will fall in love and then CAN'T be separated or the bond will break.

They need vaccinations, in England they must have 2 myxomatosis and 1 VHD injections PER YEAR, that is THREE trips to the vets, without there being anything wrong with them.

They MUST be spayed/neutered, not only will they be able to have a mate (non sterilised rabbits are more likely to fight), they are very susceptible to ovarian/testicular cancer.

They are NOT a suitable pet for children, most rabbits do not like being picked up., let alone cuddled, being held represents being caught by a predator, so many will struggle, so many rabbits end up with broken bones due to jumping free from children arms, they are often then killed because people do not want to pay to fix the bones and they kid themselves into thinking that euthanasia is the only option.... at least it clears their conscience. *tut*

A rabbit is not an 'easy pet', after having a rabbit as a child, I thought I knew about rabbits when I got one as an adult in 2004, I NOW KNOW I KNEW NOTHING!!! It is disgraceful that I took on a pet that I knew little about, love is not enough, but I have made up for it by researching since.

I have some info on my Care2 profile page if anyone is interested, all of this is just the tip of the iceberg, there is so much more to know about rabbits.

Please do not buy (or not discourage anyone else from buying) a rabbit at Easter, especially if they are buying it for another person, they are living beings with feelings, fears and needs.

OK, getting off soapbox now.... signed and noted, thanks Simone.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday February 23, 2012, 12:58 am
S & N.
 

Andrea Nemec (213)
Thursday February 23, 2012, 1:11 am
Noted and signed! Thanks!
 

Virginia Esquer (10)
Thursday February 23, 2012, 1:36 am
i got a bunny from the shelter, perhaps he was brought back right after easter, but he is so spoiled by me and my kids, he does not think he is a bunny, is being 16 months, and still with us, no regrets in adopting him, if any adopts any animal is to keep to make sure you will care and love the fuzzy friend, not to be return like a store merchandise.
 

MmAway M (519)
Thursday February 23, 2012, 1:45 am
Thank you Simone! Signed of course. Children ask for Bunnies/baby chicks for Easter. DON"T DO IT, buy them a Big plush Bunny....I remember when I was little in the early years, I had asked for a bunny, my Dad came home with a 3 foot tall Easter Plus Bunny dressed up with a hat and all...Wish I still had it!
 

Danuta W (1251)
Thursday February 23, 2012, 2:14 am
noted
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday February 23, 2012, 4:13 am
signed
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday February 23, 2012, 12:29 pm
signed
 

ANA MARIJA R (200)
Friday February 24, 2012, 11:13 am
Gladly S@N!
Thank you, Simone.
 

ANA MARIJA R (200)
Friday February 24, 2012, 11:15 am
You cannot currently send a star to Alison because you have done so within the last week.
 

Arild Warud (174)
Monday February 27, 2012, 1:56 am
Signed,thanks Simone.
 

alicia m (97)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 11:53 pm
noted, signed, gracias
 

Regina P (63)
Saturday March 10, 2012, 8:49 pm
Noted & signed. Thanks
 
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