Farm Sanctuary the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, is encouraging families to resist buying live bunnies, ducklings, and chicks as gifts for their children and instead sponsor an animal in need.
With movies like Hop, currently in theaters, featuring an adorable bunny as the main character, who just so happens to “poop” jellybeans, families can get caught up in the fantasy. This can fuel the desire for children to want an animal such as this, then ask their parents to get them a bunny (or other cute and cuddly baby animal) for Easter.
Signs and “inventory” at pet stores do not help either. Many Capital Region pet stores have been displaying signs that advertise that they are selling bunnies throughout the month of April.
Every year hundreds of baby chickens, ducks and rabbits are purchased and placed into Easter baskets, but they grow as a rapid pace and the interest that was once so profound in these “baby” animals is lost as they mature and the family realizes that there is long-term care involved that they did not bargain for. And it isn’t an endless supply of jelly beans!
As a result, Farm Sanctuary’s California and New York Shelters see an abundance of people looking to find homes for unwanted animals immediately following Easter.
“Rabbits, ducks and chickens are living, feeling animals, not holiday trinkets, yet many people impulsively purchase them without considering whether or not they are prepared to take care of them for many years to come,” said Farm Sanctuary’s National Shelter Director Susie Coston. “We urge parents to show their children that animals deserve love when they’re all grown up just as much as when they were babies. They can do that by sponsoring an animal in need for their children this Easter rather than buying one.”
Farm Sanctuary sponsorships provide year-round care for rescued animals in a setting where they can enjoy freedoms such as the much needed room to move around and get exercise, the ability to socialize with others of the same species and exhibit natural behaviors in a natural setting.
The animals available for sponsorship this Easter include:
Stacey, a pig who had been used for practice surgeries at a university.
Jade, a hen who was rescued from a cockfighting operation.
Mr. Peepers, a goose who was a target of abuse for nearly 10 years.
Bradley, a steer who was rescued from a dairy farm where he was tied in a filthy barn, unable to walk or lift his head.
Preston, a duck who was found wandering the streets of New York City after likely having been bought during Easter and abandoned.
Lily, a goat who faced slaughter after being purchased as a gift for a child.
Here is the page where you can view these animals and read more about them. Each unique sponsorship package includes a personalized adoption certificate with color photo that makes the perfect addition to any Easter basket.
So confine your bunny, chick and duck purchases to the stuffed animal and edible ones (ie. chocolate bunnies- vegan preferably) and you can always stock up on jelly beans at 75% off on Monday morning and have enough until next spring.