A rabbit is for life – not just for Easter
EASTER is synonymous with fluffy bunnies and some people even consider buying a rabbit as a gift around this time of year.
That is why we would urge anyone who is considering getting a live rabbit as an Easter gift to seriously consider investing in a chocolate one instead!
Here at the RSPCA we see what happens when people buy pets without first looking into whether they can meet the specific needs of those animals; often leading to abandonment or people expecting animal charities to pick up the pieces when they decide they can no longer look after them.
Despite being one of the most popular pets in the UK, the welfare needs of rabbits are commonly misunderstood, leading to many rabbits suffering or not having a good quality of life.
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Thousands of rabbits come into RSPCA care every year.
This is often because the commitment, time and finances needed to care for rabbits are not considered before they are brought home.
Anyone thinking of getting rabbits should first carefully decide whether they have the time, money and space to look after these animals properly for the whole of their lives. They are not easy pets to keep, as they have very complex welfare needs which must be met in order for them to live happy, healthy lives.
RSPCA rabbit welfare scientist