SPCA Urges Parents Not to Buy Live Bunnies, Chicks as Easter Gifts

April 14, 2017 20:58 pm · 13 comments

The East Bay Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is preparing for an influx of small and fluffy but ultimately abandoned animals after Easter, according to a statement issued this week.

They’re urging parents not to use live animals like bunnies and
chicks as Easter presents.

Bunnies can live to be 12 years old and need to be spayed or neutered like dogs or cats. Interactions between bunnies and children need to be supervised, and the animals need to be litter trained.

Chicks need a heated environment to survive until their feathers grow in, and adult chickens can live to 15 years old. They also require vaccinations.

In some parts of the East Bay it’s not even legal to keep them as pets, according to the SPCA.

Parents are urged to do their research before getting chickens or bunnies, as with any other pet, to make sure that animal is a good fit for their home. For more information on adopting chickens and other rescued farm animals, visit www.animalplace.org.

Shasta Daisy April 14, 2017 at 9:19 PM

Yikes! I could tell you a story by I won’t.

Shasta Daisy April 14, 2017 at 9:26 PM


Dr. Jellyfinger April 14, 2017 at 10:32 PM

@ Shasta D ~ I have those same decals on the front fender of my Jeep.

WC resident April 14, 2017 at 11:03 PM

There was a lady at Heather Farm this week catching ducklings using a pool net. I assumed they were for dinner but now I realize she may be intending to give them to children for Easter.

Years ago I attended a family gathering with a Filipino friend and discovered that the older people (of the grandparents era) are fond of almost hatched duck eggs. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balut_(food)

chuckie the troll April 14, 2017 at 11:18 PM

Bunnies and Chicks make great appetizers.

Commenter April 15, 2017 at 6:41 AM

They shouldn’t but no one’s gonna tell them what their kids can or can’t torture and kill.

Trucker Bug April 15, 2017 at 8:46 AM

I had chickens for years and never had them vaccinated. Actually didn’t know they even needed them. They were for eggs and they lived about 7 years. Would never get them again though. Such a PITA. Was soo glad once the last one died

Atticus Thraxx April 15, 2017 at 7:39 PM

Good advice on live bunnies and other small animals. An added note…. dead bunnies also don’t make good Easter gifts. Don’t ask.

? April 16, 2017 at 1:04 AM

People actually do this? Why would they do this? Unless the child really wants a bunny and the parent does too but if not then what the H…

I wish i could rescue them ALLπŸ’”πŸΎπŸΎ

That's Mr Pugnacious to you April 16, 2017 at 9:13 AM

Why not? They both taste great!

apollo idol prudence April 16, 2017 at 2:44 PM

but they’re so delicious. . . .

Silva April 16, 2017 at 7:04 PM

People really do this. Most survivors end up in the shelter in a couple of weeks.

MElMel April 17, 2017 at 12:33 PM

Our society doesn’t value life. When we are willing to kill babies, thousands every year, animals do not even stand a chance.

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