Harsh title for a post? A little. But, this is a very real message with a very real meaning that is especially close to my heart. This isn’t necessarily a “vegan” post in the most literal sense, but veganism is all about compassion towards all sentient beings.
I am a bunny mom and I am proud of it!
My house bunny Patches is like a child to me – she came into my life on a whim in August and has had such a HUGE impact on my life thus far. I will admit, I bought Patches from a pet store that day in August…..something that I’m not necessarily proud of but will never regret. I know that I saved Patches from living in that tiny glass container with so many other little ones, but my purchase ultimately supported that business and I will never do that again. The conditions of the store that I bought her from are so bad that I refuse to even set foot in there anymore. My next furry friend will, without a doubt, be from a shelter or rescue! (Edit: Check out my post about my new fur baby, Timmy!)
Easter is a very scary time of year for bunnies…so many are bred for the express purpose of being sold to families that want something cute and fuzzy for their kids’ Easter basket. Unfortunately, the novelty of having a real bunny wears off VERY quickly, and the poor animal is often neglected, forgotten, or set free in the wild to fend for itself.
Let’s make one thing unmistakably clear….HOUSE BUNNIES CANNOT FEND FOR THEMSELVES IN THE WILD! Because they are domesticated, their natural instincts are not what they should be: they have no experience dealing with predators and have never had to forage for food. They will die, plain and simple.
Bunnies ARE NOT toys. Bunnies ARE NOT the teachers of responsibility. Bunnies ARE NOT disposable.
Bunnies ARE huge monetary responsibilities….Patches needed to be spayed ($300) and had a very scary case of stasis in December ($1,000 in bills). Bunnies ARE huge time commitments…some can live 10+ years. Bunnies ARE wonderful pets when you devote the time, energy, and funds to caring for them properly.
This Easter, please remember that the Easter bunny is NOT real….and the bunny in your children’s baskets shouldn’t be either. Do your research and make an informed decision. As cute as the real thing can be, sometimes chocolate is the best way to go!
Happy Easter from Patches and I!