All that about Easter Bunny is a real bullshit.
I know it’s been more than a week since Easter and I’m a little late to talk about this. It’s something I wanted to talk about but I needed to wait some time to calm my anger and not be too aggressive in the post.
Apparently I missed the biology class where it was explained how on earth rabbits lay eggs in Easter.
I’m sorry for the sarcasm and the irony, but it’s the best way for me to deal with the topic. Now that I have two bunnies I have realized how vulnerable these animals are and how badly treated they are in general.
All the lies they tell you:
- Rabbits are great as a first pet.
- It’s easy to keep and maintain them.
- Cheap pets and that are wallet friendly.
- Great for children.
- They love to be held.
The string of lies that are said about them is so long that it wouldn’t fit in this post.
- A rabbit gives as much work as a dog or a cat.
- They are active and social animals. That is, they need at least 2 hours of exercise per day so if you cannot have them free roaming at home you have to take a gap to be able to take them somewhere where they can run and play. On the other hand, they usually need other bunnies to keep them company or a lot of attention from their owner. Rabbits are not to be locked in cages, if you won’t do it to your dog don’t do it to your rabbit.
- Regarding money, I will give you real numbers:
- If you adopt a rabbit you will contribute with money for the maintenance of the shelter. If you buy it, you obviously pay for it.
- They need a place to eat, sleep, and relieve themselves. I have a large cage, several drinking troughs, bowls for food and two bunny toilets (this for each rabbit). In total, it goes up to around € 150 each, pulling low.
- You have to buy substrate for their cages and toilets. I buy a 30L bag for € 20 and it lasts a month. You have to buy hay and, which is not very expensive, but they eat a lot.
- Rabbits are considered exotic pets so you have to take them to a specialized veterinarian. Each visit to the vet is around € 28. You have to vaccinate them 3 times a year and give them with pipettes every month in summer and once every 3 months for the rest of the year; vaccines are about € 30 and pipettes about € 15 (each).
- It is convenient to castrate rabbits. If they are going to have a friend to avoid aggressive or dominant behaviours or so that the female doesn’t suffer a pregnancy. If you are only going to have a rabbit you also have to castrate it to avoid health problems, the females have an 80% chance of developing uterine cancer if it is not done, or of behaviour, the males become aggressive with the heat. The castration of a rabbit is more than € 300.
- This is not to mention when they get sick. They have a delicate skin and may have otitis or colds.
- Don’t forget that they are independent animals, that they won’t lay on your lap (usually) nor will they bear the pulls and hits of children. They are animals that defend themselves if they feel in danger and can bite.
- Except in some cases and by the people they trust the most, they hate to be held. They are prey animals and have some kind of biological memory that terrifies them when they are raised from the ground.
The danger of Easter:
These outrageous lies are normal, but in Easter there are pet stores that carry out campaigns to sell rabbits at a very low price, cheating the buyers and condemning the poor animals. Big and small bunnies locked in tiny cages, sad and scared, exposed as a fairground attraction and sold at half price or as gifts if you spend more than a certain amount. It’s terrible.
- Rabbits are the most abandoned animals in shelters.
- The majority of rabbits that are no longer loved by their family are thrown into the street where they die or given over the internet to strangers.
- 95% of rabbits bought at Easter do not reach one year of life.
The truth about rabbits:
Rabbits are fascinating animals with unique personalities. If you treat them well they strongly love you: Tambor runs to find me when he hears me coming home and Flor can spend 5 minutes kissing me nonstop.
Rabbits live between 8 and 10 years so, when you buy one, you are committing to take care of they, love them and keep them all that time.
They are independent animals but they generate a bond with their owner so strong that it never breaks and they also show you how much they love you.
Anyway, a rabbit is not a stuffed animal, it’s a 10-year commitment, and if you’re not ready to have a dog, you’re not ready to have a rabbit either.