Every Year, Shelters Are Overwhelmed With Baby Bunnies, Ducklings, and Chicks That People Dump Once Easter is Over
Bunnies, ducklings, and chicks have long been symbols of new life in the spring. When those symbols were adopted by those celebrating the Easter holiday, they showed up everywhere — think decorations, Easter egg hunts, and photos with the Easter bunny. But there’s one more, deceptively tragic place that these tiny baby animals pop up — in the gift baskets of children. Bunnies, chicks, and ducklings that are purchased around Easter are overwhelmingly abandoned when the holiday is over and the reality of caring for an adult animal kicks in, leaving shelters overwhelmed and euthanasia rates high.
On average, 80% of rabbits bought at Easter time are abandoned or die within a year. They are also the third most euthanized animal in the U.S. These numbers are incredibly distressing — and avoidable. If we treated all animal purchases with the same gravity as the adoption of a cat or dog, we could go a long way in improving animal welfare and avoiding unnecessary mass death and suffering. Sign the petition and pledge not to buy duckling, chicks, or bunnies this Easter!