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:
- Don’t buy a bunny!
- Save a bunny by rescuing one (If you are prepared to be a good bunny owner and be all that you should be!)
- 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
- 2011 Year of The Rabbit (apartmenttherapy.com)
- Pet bunnies in peril as Year of the Rabbit nears (windsorstar.com)
- It’s 4709 and the Year of the Rabbit. Now What? (laist.com)
- Bunnies Multiply Like Rabbits in China (online.wsj.com)