Tuesday, April 8, 2014 | 2 a.m.
As we approach Easter, it is time to warn people against buying baby rabbits, chicks or ducks. Rabbits are the third most numerous animals dumped in our shelters. They, along with baby chicks and ducks, are victims of a society that often perceives them as toys or objects for frivolous amusement for kids.
Often within days, these animals die from rough handling, stress and lack of proper knowledge about caring for them. People buy them with good intentions, but these animals suffer broken bones and internal injuries and carry diseases such as salmonella. Pet stores only care about making money and have no regard for where or how these animals end up.
You can help prevent unnecessary suffering this Easter by giving your children stuffed animals. Animals are not toys, and nothing with a heartbeat should be given as one. As adults, let us make the humane choice and avoid tragedy.