Animal rights workers warn about pet rabbits in coming year
Jan 26, 2011
The Chinese New Year falls on February 3 this year, and the impending holiday has some animal rights activists worried. The day will mark the beginning of the Year of the Rabbit, which may encourage some people to purchase a pet bunny without thoroughly considering the time or commitment of owning a pet, according to The Associated Free Press.
"There's no better time to help rabbits than during the Year of the Rabbit, and you can do so by refusing to support the pet trade that causes so many animals to suffer," Maggie Chen of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, told the news source. "Rabbits aren't just cute and fluffy, they're high-maintenance animals who require significant resources, equipment, attention and veterinary care."
One animal retailer claims that in recent days sales of rabbits through his internet service have nearly doubled.
Many experts are worried that if customers purchase a rabbit based on the marketing pitch that the animals are easy to care for, they will end up disposing of the creature when they discover how much work providing for a the animal takes.
According to Rabbit.org, those considering purchasing a bunny as a pet should invest in a roomy cage, a litterbox, a pet carrier and a few toys, among other items.