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Some Live Animals at Risk During the Easter Holiday Season

Posted by SusanStokes on April 3, 2021

Who doesn't love the sweet and adorable bunny rabbit or baby chick, especially around the Easter holiday?  Have you ever wondered why the association with baby bunnies, for example, and Easter has occurred? And why have these adorable animals been considered as part of the Easter gift-giving festivities?

The Easter bunny and Easter eggs originated as pagan symbols of spring and rebirth. Over the centuries, these ancient symbols became associated with the Christian holiday of Easter. Easter baskets, filled with colorful Easter eggs and candy are holiday traditions. However, the live baby chicks and rabbits also became an unfortunate part of the gift-giving celebration.

Baby animals grow into adult animals. Unless you plan on caring for a chicken, rooster, rabbit, or duck for its entire life, please do not buy (or adopt) this animal for yourself or obtain one (or more) to give to others, especially children, as an Easter gift. Those adorable little babies grow up and will need a lifetime of care. Each animal presents its own challenge for adequate living space, food, and health care. Unless you or the receiver of your "gift" is fully prepared, there is a good chance the animal will be viewed as disposable and join the thousands that already occupy shelters across the country.

Some folks have even abandoned these animals in the wild, assuming they can fend for themselves. They cannot fend for themselves as domesticated pets, and they will eventually die when left alone in the wild. In addition, depending upon the state where you live, it may also be considered illegal to abandon an animal, whether by dumping it in a public place or leaving it anywhere without providing for its food and shelter needs.

Before you bring home any type of animal, please consider the years of responsibility the pet entails. Do your research about the animal, prepare your home for its arrival, and do your best to give it the love and care it deserves for its entire lifetime as a new member of your family. Whenever possible, please adopt from a local shelter or rescue group. There are far too many pets in shelters and foster care in need for forever homes.

Susan, Taurus and Gemini



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