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19 April 2009 Issue

BUNNIES AT EASTER: A SAD STORY
From House Rabbit Society, http://www.rabbit.org/
Source: bevegantoo@yahoo.com

Those cute baby Easter bunnies soon grow large and reach adolescence. If left unspayed/unneutered they are likely to chew, spray or exhibit other generally unappreciated behaviors. Many end up neglected or abandoned. The result? Humane organizations such as House Rabbit Society see a huge increase in the number of abandoned rabbits that continues through the end of summer. Help us stop this yearly cycle! Know the facts about rabbits as pets, and what you can do to educate those who have purchased or are thinking of purchasing a rabbit as a pet.

Know the Facts.

- Rabbits are NOT "low-maintenance" pets, and are a poor choice as a pet for children.

- They have a lifespan of 10 years and require as much work as a dog or cat.

- Your home MUST be bunny-proofed, or Thumper will chew electrical cords and furniture.

- Rabbits MUST be spayed or neutered or they will mark your house with feces and urine.

- They should live INDOORS, as members of the family. To consign these sensitive, intelligent, social animals to life in a hutch is to miss the joy of sharing your life with a rabbit.

Clearly, rabbits aren't for everyone. Are you a gentle adult living in a quiet household? If you think you're one of those rare individuals who would enjoy sharing life with a rabbit, please visit your local rabbit-rescue group.

Help Us Spread the Word!

If you know of someone who is thinking of purchasing a rabbit at Easter, let them know it's a bad idea. Print out "Bunnies at Easter" and give them a copy.

Also visit http://www.rabbit.org/easter/index.html

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