An Easter Reminder

 

... or stuffed, they can be cuddled in bed! 

Real rabbits can, and should, live as long as 10 years, mine did.  They are delicate animals, not for young children, their backs break quite easily.  They are little poop machines.  They deserve better than life in an outdoor hutch, ignored.  

Chicks grow into hens or roosters.  Are you prepared to protect them from predators?  Care for the hens for years after they quit laying eggs?  Part with the roosters when the neighbors complain?  Chickens can live 5-10 years!  

Ducks?  Don't even think of it!  Did you know baby ducks from the store cannot swim?  No?  That's why so many drown the first day in their new "forever homes."  

You know what?  Just don't give live animals for holiday gifts.  Think about it, look into it, pick the right pet for your family.  Make it for life, but a long life, the average life for the animal species.

(I just adopted a 5 month old puppy who had been previously adopted at 7 weeks, and was returned to the shelter after 4 months.  They didn't "like" his DNA results!  Think how devastated and confused he is right now.  His entire life as he knew it is gone.)

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  1. Such an important message Lisa!

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    1. It really is. Kids like the cute little animals for a few days and then they get ignored, neglected or abandoned.

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  2. So heartbreaking, and I shared on social media. (I say this as someone who did keep chickens and ducks for food and eggs years ago, and cared for them carefully - they are NOT cute throwaway animals to be given as Easter gifts.) This is the law in New York State - it's a good start but can easily be circumvented. "No person shall sell, offer for sale, barter or give away living baby chicks, ducklings or other fowl or baby rabbits under two months of age in any quantity less than six."

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    1. Unless it's changed in the past 10 years, in CA if a store doesn't sell them year-round, they can't sell them at Easter. So, feed stores etc. can. At the farm and ranch store where I worked we wouldn't sell individual chicks or ducks. Not a written policy, and I think middle management would have made us. I'd also tell people "no" for some pets, and make an excuse of them not being "ready for sale." We sold bunnies, but not for snake food. Management would, but they didn't realize if the 4-H kids knew what was happening to the bunnies they sold us, they'd stop!

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  3. I've never understood why someone would get a baby chick or bunny for Easter. That's a creature one will need to care for for a while. What happens to them after? I'm all for stuffed or chocolate, but not live animals.

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    1. I think only because they are cute. And children ask for them. Also, people underestimate how long they live. That leads us to, people just don't educate themselves first, and the animals pay the price for the ignorance.

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