24 March 2010

Farm Sanctuary urges parents to forgo purchasing animals as gifts

With the Easter holiday upon us, many parents and grandparents head to the pet store to pick out the perfect cute and fuzzy pet for their children. Unfortunately shelters, like Farm Sanctuary, see an influx of abandoned ducklings, chicks, and bunnies every Spring after families discover they cannot care for the creatures.

“These are living, feeling animals, not holiday trinkets, yet many people impulsively purchase them without considering whether or not they are fully prepared to take on the responsibility of an animal that will require daily care for many years to come,” said Farm Sanctuary’s National Shelter Director Susie Coston. “When that reality sets in, the animals that aren’t abandoned at shelters usually end up being dumped outdoors where they will most likely starve to death, or they are relegated to cramped backyard hutches and cages, where they will spend the remaining years of their life lonely and neglected. We urge parents to show their children that grown up animals deserve love too by sponsoring an animal in need for their children this Easter instead.”

Farm Sanctuary animals are available for sponsorship—the perfect gift to give a child who wants to make a difference in an animal’s life. Each Adopt-A-Farm Animal Project sponsorship package includes a personalized adoption certificate and a beautiful color photo that can be added to any Easter basket.

Farm Sanctuary, the nation's leading farm animal protection organization, is home to more than 1,000 farm animals rescued from cruel conditions including 49 baby chicks who were seized in April 2007 from a Brooklyn pet store after being dyed green, orange, red, pink, purple, and blue as part of an Easter promotion. [see picture below] Discovery’s Animal Planet network later featured this rescue on the popular “Animal Precinct” television program. The public is invited to visit with these now grown up birds, and hundreds more cows, pigs, sheep, goats and chickens, when the shelter opens its barn doors for tours May 1.

Click here to sponsor an animal from Farm Sanctuary.

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Photo Credit: farmsanctuary.org