Easter is almost on us, and that means baskets of treats for the kids. There are so many things to fill those baskets, but live animals shouldn’t be among them.
Chicks and rabbits are the animals usually given as gifts at this time of year to young and immature children of all ages. These “gifts” almost never live to be a year old because of mistreatment.
Small animals are easily squashed in little hands. Backs are easily broken in little hands. If people aren’t looking where they are going, it’s easy to step on and kill a small animal.
Don’t give pets as gifts. If you must give a rabbit or chick to a child, make it chocolate. It’s irresponsible and abusive to subject any animal to pain and torture.
If you give a live animal anyway, be responsible. Supervision is utmost when a child is involved. If your child just has to have one, think of the years ahead. Rabbits can live up to 15 years with proper care. Just like a dog or cat, it needs food, attention (the proper kind), doctor visits and toys and treats.
Rabbits also need a companion. Not a person, but another rabbit to bond with. They can’t be kept in small cages like they advertise in the paper. They need lots and lots and lots of room. They also need tender loving care.
Kids don’t really need a rabbit or chick. You’re the parent. It’s really OK to say no.