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Read This Before Impulsively Buying the Easter Bunny

The House Rabbit Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to responsible rabbit ownership, is not crazy about Easter according to a new article in The New York Times. It’s this time of year that parents tend to buy rabbits as pets for their children before quickly realizing they’ve made a huge mistake and cannot handle the responsibility.

“If rabbits are given as a gift for Easter without a lot of education, they’re going to end up giving it away a few months later — it’s a no-brainer,” Margo DeMello, president of the House Rabbit Society told the Times’ Ian Lovett.

In 2002, the group launched the “Make Mine Chocolate” campaign to encourage parents to go with the chocolate Easter Bunny variety so less rabbits end up in shelters each April. Some pet stores, including Wilson’s Feed & Supply in Napa, California have stopped selling rabbits in the weeks leading up to Easter for this same reason.

As the House Rabbit Society’s CEO Anne Martin said of impulsive parents, “If they really want a rabbit, they’re still going to want it after the holiday.”

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