Letters: Bunnies require work

Rabbits are a long commitment for children and longer for adults

The temptation to give your child a pet rabbit for Easter is not always a good idea.

Although rabbits in themselves are not high maintenance, their living conditions are. A rabbit habitat or cage must be cleaned out daily along with its water and food bowls. This takes time and after a while many children quickly tire of the chore and it falls onto the parent. As a parent do you have extra time to devote to this or will it become a burden making you want to rid yourself of the rabbit?

Before you even consider adopting a rabbit ask questions from a reputable rabbit person, not just someone who wants to sell you a rabbit. Children and rabbits do not always mix well. Rabbits being prey animals can be easily frightened to death and even the act of holding one could scare it to the point of struggling to get away and badly injuring itself in the process.

If you have a rabbit you wish to give up then please do not dump it in a field. That is a death sentence. Contact a humane society first.

William Jesse

Victoria