Animals In Print
The On-Line Newsletter
14 April 2003 Issue
Educate this Easter About Abandoned Rabbits
Sample Letter To Editor
There are many domesticated rabbits who are abandoned and left to fend for themselves. With Easter soon approaching, it will only get worse. Please write a letter to your local newspaper editor to educate readers about why rabbits do not make good "Easter presents" for children. When writing, please personalize your own letter and use the letter below only as a sample.
To find your local newspaper editor:
Before you rush out to get a rabbit for a child this Easter, please understand that they do not make good “starter” pets for children.
Rabbits require a life time commitment of care and expense that is the same or greater than that of a cat or a dog. They need exercise, a proper diet, and spacious shelter that will protect them from predators and extreme weather conditions. Medical attention is sometimes needed and they should be spayed or neutered. Rabbits enjoy receiving affection from people, but some do not like being held because it instigates a feeling of being caught by a predator.
There are numerous domesticated rabbits that have been abandoned by their guardians. They cannot fend for themselves because they do not have the instincts to live on their own. Most will fall prey to predators and others will starve due to inadequate food source.
If your family is not prepared for the long-term commitment of a rabbit, please give your child a stuffed animal as an Easter gift. That way when the child loses interest, the live rabbit will not end up neglected or abandoned.
Should you decide that you are fully prepared to care for a rabbit and you wish to bring one into your family, never purchase a rabbit from a pet store. Instead, please visit your local shelter or rescue organization and choose to adopt one of last year's homeless "Easter Gifts".
Animals do not suffer any less just
because they have no voice
to speak the words.
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