Make Mine Chocolate
Monday, March 23, 2009
I love spring. I love the fact that the tress are budding. I love the daffodils and the tulips that pop their heads out. I even love dandelions. So does my rabbit. She loves to eat them. My birthday is in spring. And Easter is in spring.
I love Easter. I love the story behind Easter. Christ risen from the dead! Hallelujah! That is the reason for the hope that I have.
But there is a part of Easter that I don't care for. That is...the Easter bunny. (I will go further and say also Easter chicks and ducks.)
The problem with Easter bunnies is that they are forgotten about three weeks after Easter is over. And the bunnies are the ones who pay the price. Bunnies are not just cute, cuddly animals. They are animals that MUST be spayed or neutered. Living with a hormonal rabbit is NOT fun. Males spray, females bite. And spaying and neutering is not cheap. It is just as expensive, if not more expensive, than a dog or a cat. Rabbits need a good diet of hay, vegetables and pellets. They are prone to incidents of stasis, (Where the gut stops moving. They can die in less than a day from this.) teeth problems. They do not like to be held. Instead they would like to keep all four feet on the ground. They are fragile. It is fairly easy for them to break their back. The cages that most pet stores sell for rabbits are way too small. (My rabbit is in a 4 ft by 4ft puppy x pen and that is about the smallest I could go.) Domestic rabbits normal life span is 8 to 10 years. It is not unheard of for them to live 12, 13 or 14 years.
And letting a domestic rabbit "free" when you get tired of it, is a death sentance. Don't let anybody fool you by saying anything different.
So this year, if you are thinking about getting a bunny (or chick or duck) for Easter, please, think twice. Visit www.makeminechocolate.or
. And if you absolutely must have an Easter bunny, visit your local shelter or www.petfinder.com