Saturday, January 22, 2011
Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is fast approaching. The lunar year begins on February 3 and ushers in the Year of the Rabbit. Pet shops in China and elsewhere in Asia have seen soaring sales of rabbits, but PETA on Friday warned the animals are often abandoned once the novelty wears off.
"There's no better time to help rabbits than during the Year of the Rabbit, and you can do so by refusing to support the pet trade that causes so many animals to suffer," said Beijing-based PETA campaigner Maggie Chen.
I agree that the decision to acquire a rabbit should not be made as an impulse purchase to celebrate the holiday. Rabbits should only be adopted after careful consideration of their needs and your lifestyle.
Rabbits do make good house pets for those who take the time to educate themselves on proper rabbit care and are willing to bunny-proof their house. If you are interested in adopting a rabbit, please contact your local shelter or visit Petfinder.com.