Happy Chinese New Year – Be Happy and Bunny Free!

Hi all, Opie Here!

Happy Chinese New Year!

Mama says that it is the year of the Rabbit! Unfortunately, this does not mean I get to eat them or chase them! I don’t really know what this year of the Rabbit thing is all about. Mama looked me up. I was born in the year of the Ox.

What does this mean? I did a little bit of research.

This is a really big celebration in Asia. It is the beginning of the Spring Festival, and people have lots of celebrations. I like celebrations!

Unfortunately, sometimes people aren’t very smart about their celebrating. Lots of people in China are buying bunnies to celebrate the New Lunar year. Sadly, a lot of these bunnies aren’t surviving. PETA has been warning people not to give into their impulse to buy a bunny. People who ordered a fluffy bunny are finding dead bunnies in their mail boxes because the poor little things don’t survive the shipping. You can read more about it in this article.

That’s so sad!

I forget sometimes that doggies and cats aren’t the only pets that get shoved into shelters. Bunnies will need rescuing too! People want a cute little bunny for the New Year, but bunnies are a big responsibility. Easter’s not such a great holiday for bunny’s either. Unwanted bunnies get abandoned and dumped just like doggies and cats. I’m a dog and usually to me a bunny is just another type of squirrel, but I can sympathize with any living creature that expected to be loved and taken care of and wasn’t. All of us – doggies, cats, bunnies, hamsters, ferrets, and any other type of animal that is made into a pet – expect to be taken care of forever. I know I’m really lucky because there were people out there at rescues ready to save me.

There are rabbit rescues and “pocket pet” rescues out there too. You can rescue a bunny at some local shelters and even through Petfinder.com. So I guess it’s time for people to think of better ways to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit than with bunny purchases.

I think that the best ways to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit are the following:

  1. Don’t buy a bunny!
  2. Save a bunny by rescuing one (If you are prepared to be a good bunny owner and be all that you should be!)
  3. Support a local rabbit and pocket pet rescue

Well, that’s enough preaching.

Have a great day everyone!

I wish everybody a safe and Happy Bunny Free New Year!

Gong Hey Fat Choy





About Opie and Opie's Mom

Snorkie with attitude. My mom writes about me and sometimes she lets me write something too. I was rescued July 11, 2010! I am so happy! I love my family and I hate squirrels. I don't know any cats but the neighborhood cats are fun to bark at. Read Opie's Mom's Blog to find out more about me. View all posts by Opie and Opie's Mom

4 responses to “Happy Chinese New Year – Be Happy and Bunny Free!

  • Two Pitties in the City

    I can’t believe people would actually try to ship a rabbit! That is really awful. Rabbits are so cute, and I guess people don’t realize what it takes to have them long term. There is a rabbit rescue out here in Chicago that has been successful in helping many rabbits.

  • According to Gus

    I had no idea about this bunny issue until I read your post. That is so sad 😦

    If only people would put more thought into pet ownership before they rushed out to get one of their own!

    Thanks for sharing, Opie! Tell your mom she’s getting pretty fantastic with Photoshop!

  • Opie and Opie's Mom

    I had to read the article twice. It freaked me out! Then I remembered that Easter is probably no picnic for bunnies here in the States. Shamefully, I remember getting a bunny when I was quite small. However, we also had a hutch and took pretty decent care of him. We ended up donating him to my school. His teeth got HUMONGOUS and he scared me. I’ve never been bitten by a dog, but a rabbit bite is unbelievably painful. I also was in love with my German Sherpherd and my Prince was a little too interetsed in my bunny. Additoinally, Prince never bit me!The rabbit lived a long and happy life at my school, cared for by the science teacher and countless critter loving students.

  • Opie and Opie's Mom

    The bunny thing was a shock to me to. I was just surfing the net looking for something interesting to write up for Opie regarding the Year of the Rabbit. Boy was that a shocker.

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