Rethinking the Easter Bunny

Ok, so a few days ago, I was searching on Craigslist (dangerous for me!) and I came across an ad about “Easter Bunnies”.  So, anyway, the ad was one of the longest run-on sentences I have ever read, and essentially said this:  They had bought some rabbits for their child’s Easter pictures, snapped the pictures and now they were ‘done’ with the bunnies. 

Naturally, this bothered me on many levels.

Soooooo, you went out, bought two live animals, snapped some photos, and then after having them only about 24 hours, put them up for sale?  Sooooo, the bunnies were just living props for a photo op?  Wow. People never cease to amaze me.  So, I told Jason about it, and about how sorry I felt for the rabbits.  What if they were in a box thrown in the garage or something?  Did they even have food or water?  Jason came back to me a short time later and said, “You know, we really should get those rabbits.”

Coming from him, I know that was a difficult thing to say! After all, we already have a lot of animals.  But, being as we are interested in raising meat rabbits, and these are a breed of meat rabbit. Anyway, I called the number and sure enough, they still had the bunnies.  We head over there the next day.

Surprisingly, they are nice people.  I have to say I was pleasantly surprised about that.  Surprisingly, the rabbits do have a small cage and pellets.  For a very low price, we brought home the bunnies.  They appear to be really healthy, but I’m still keeping a close eye on them.  Oh, and of course, one is a boy (a buck) and one’s a girl (a doe). And, they were together.  Well, we all know that only rabbits can breed like rabbits, right???

 My point here is that I just do not understand how people can give so little thought to an animal to consider it disposable.  I cringe to think of all the Easter bunnies, chicks, and ducks that get thrown into a box or even worse, turned loose into the wild.  After all, they are living, breathing beings, too.  Don’t they deserve a little more than being used for some holiday and then tossed away like a gum wrapper? Sigh. I’ll file this one under ‘Soap Box’.