Thursday, March 20, 2008

Bunny Rescuers Opt For Sweet Or Stuffed Rabbits

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – This Easter (Mar. 23), the only bunnies you should lay your paws on are chocolate or plush ones.

The House Rabbit Society (H.R.S.) is hoping to save bunnies with their Make Mine Chocolate campaign, in which they encourage people to buy chocolate or stuffed bunnies as Easter gifts instead of real rabbits to ensure they don’t end up neglected or abandoned.

According to Linda Howard, chapter manager of the Alabama H.R.S., most people don’t know what they’re getting themselves into when they buy a real live rabbit.

She explains, “The soft, cuddly little baby bunnies become teenagers within a few months. That’s when they begin spraying, biting, growling, and boxing at you. They take their front paws and just dig at you.”

Howard says that these crazy behaviors go away if rabbits are neutered or spayed, but most people don’t realize that’s an option.

Instead, owners end up releasing them into the wild or sending them to shelters, where they will most likely be euthanized.

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