A quick glance at my local craigslist.com page tells me bunny hobby breeders hope to entice families to add live bunnies to kiddie Easter baskets. If I wanted to, I could pick up a whole pack of bunnies for about $20 per head. And most of these little rabbits are advertised as "great for Easter!"
While bunnies might be seasonal, they really don't make great gifts. For one thing, very small rabbits often don't stay small. Some rabbit breeds can grow up to 20 pounds or even more. That means that the little basket you bring the bunny home in could be much too small in a much too short period of time. Also, bunnies are living and breathing creatures that need food, veterinary care, entertainment, companionship and more. They aren't decorations. They are a lot of work.
And a lot of families find that out the hard way. A 2012 study of rabbits in shelters found that more than 77 percent of these creatures were owner surrenders (so they weren't found randomly hopping around the street), and most were surrendered due to an owner's unwillingness or inability to care for them.
That means many bunnies become unwanted bunnies in time. I'd wager many of these unwanted bunnies started out as Easter gifts.
There's an ongoing campaign called "Make Mine Chocolate" that aims to convince people to replace live bunnies with candy bunnies in Easter baskets. But, this is a dog blog, and we all know that chocolate is toxic to dogs.
So my counter suggestion: Porcelain bunnies! They're just as cute, they last a long time, and they make for perfect props for Wordless Wednesday posts for BlogPaws!
What do you think? Will you avoid live bunny gifts? Leave me a note and let me know. And do visit the other blogs in the hop. You'll be glad you did!