Tuesday, 18 March 2008
No animals for Easter!
No food today. Instead, I'd like to draw your awereness to something else... as the holidays are approaching, countless parents suddenly think that giving their kids an animal as a Easter present without looking into what a bunny really needs is a good idea.
A huge number of those animals- mainly rabbits, but also other rodents or small animals- is dumped somewhere or given to animal shelters by the beginning of the summer holidays at the latest.
In between, single animals are crammed into small cages, fed unsuitable food and never let out of their cages unless for the kids to squeeze them.
I'm not saying that kids shouldn't have pets. Though I am totally pro-AR and all, I don't think pets are a bad idea, if they are taken proper care of and are not bought at a pet shop or something.
There are plenty of homeless animals in animal shelters or at private organisations that are kind enough to take care of them, no need to buy them like a bar of chocolate or support breeders.
If you'd like your children to have a pet, talk to them about it first. Then, you can give them a book or a stuffed toy or some pet supplies as a present.
But by all means, please don't support the habit of treating animals, no matter how cute and cuddly and simple they may seem, like toys.