05 April 2012

Don’t give baby chicks, bunnies as Easter gifts

Don’t give baby chicks, bunnies as Easter gifts.

As cute as they are, the Humane Society of the United States requests that people do not give live chicks and rabbits as presents this holiday season.

“Rabbits and chickens can make wonderful companions, but those adorable babies grow up quickly into adults that will need proper socialization, care and companionship for many years,” said Inga Fricke, director of sheltering and pet care issues at the Humane Society of the United States.

Rabbits are the third most frequently surrendered animals, according to HSUS.

While adopting a chick or a bunny seems like an adorable, festive idea, most people are not prepared to commit to the responsibility of caring for a pet. Many of these animals are given to animal shelters, released into the wild or die at a pre-mature age.

Instead of bringing home a new pet, give kids what they really want for Easter -- chocolate (preferably vegan).

Kaitlyn Munro | Tumblr |Facebook | @kaitmunro
Buffalo, New York Kaitlyn is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication and minor in Women’s Studies. She worked as a barista at a vegan café before landing a job as assignment editor for a TV news station in Buffalo, New York. She's trying to be a “runner" and just signed up to run her first half-marathon in May. Also, she loves food - especially vegan cupcakes.

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