RABBITS are for life, not just for Easter.

They are the third most popular pet in the UK but very sadly the most neglected.

It isn’t nice to dump rabbits in a small, dark hutch in the corner of the garden, left alone with no-one passing by to say hello.

Rabbits can live up to 10 years, depending on the breed and how well they are cared for.

That is 10 years of food, 10 years of bedding, 10 years of pet insurances, 10 years of treats/ vegetables and 10 years of vet bills.

Definitely 10 years of commitment, just like dogs, cats and other pets.

Rabbits are not toys. They don’t like being picked up, even to trim their nails or administer medications.

They can be cute and cuddly but they don’t want to be handled.

Rabbits are prone to injuries due to the way people hold them.

Bunnies can make wonderful, loving pets and can be toilet trained if you persevere with them.

If you cannot afford to pay for big vet bills then bunnies are not for you.

There is also the problem of going away on holiday – there are no rabbit boardings.

Please don’t dump your bunny in the fields as they are far different to their wild cousins.

Your bunny will not survive out there and will become food for the foxes.

If you can’t make a lifelong commitment, buy chocolate instead in the shape of a rabbit.

If you are determined to get a rabbit for Easter please visit animal rescue places – the bunnies there really need homes.

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