Live Easter Bunnies for Easter Presents?
Every year we’re asked the question, “Is it okay to give live bunnies as Easter presents?” Our answer is always the same.
Yes! And no. It depends.
If the recipients are able and willing to cherish and care for the pet rabbit for the duration of its life, then anytime is a good time to give them a bunny! If not, then don’t. No occasion will change the responsibility of pet ownership or the correct person-to-pet match. It’s not about the occasion; it’s about the recipient.
Responsible parents make the decision to give their children pets as gifts long before the actual occasion. In fact, the occasion is merely the opportunity to give the pet as a gift! Impulsive pet purchases are always discouraged but if parents have been planning on giving children a bunny for a pet and just waiting ‘til Easter to do it, then there is nothing wrong with that!
Fostering a child’s natural affinity for animals and teaching life lessons through responsible pet ownership is critically important in the development of children when the time is right. We applaud parents who resist the fuzzy temptations of chicks and bunnies around Eastertime. For children who are not ready or willing to care for a pet, the responsible answer is always no. Just bring them in to PW sometime wearing their Easter clothes and take pictures with the bunnies to get your fix!
For the select, few children who are ready, whose parents have been planning to gift a bunny anyway, guilt-free permission is granted! You know your child best and that decision is only yours to make. We share in your passion and salute you for your impeccable timing!
Happy Easter everyone!