With Easter right around the corner, the BC SPCA would like to remind the public to give chocolate bunnies as gifts, rather than real live rabbits.
The SPCA explains how every year, their branches across the province receive dozens and dozens of abandoned rabbits after the Easter holiday has passed. As the excitement of having a new pet starts to wear off, the reality of animal care settles in, and can be an unexpected surprise for the new owners.
Not every rabbit ends up in a shelter though. Lorie Chortyk of the BC SPCA explains how “the animals turned in to the SPCA shelters are the fortunate ones” and that many others are “abandoned in the wild to fend for themselves” and the domesticated rabbits often “fall prey to predators such as coyotes, are susceptible to disease, or end up starving to death.”
She also warns about the problems in overpopulation. If there are no predators and the rabbits end up flourishing, they can multiply and create serious problems in that ecosystem.
Chortyk shares how “rabbits can live more than 12 years” and people should ensure they’re both prepared and willing to make a commitment to the unique animal.