With Easter fast approaching, springtime traditions such as egg hunts and Easter bonnets are in full swing. Alongside this there is of course the ‘Easter Bunny’.
With rabbits being one of the most popular pets in the UK, Easter can often be a time of year where rabbit sales soar. However, many people who purchase rabbits do so on impulse and are unaware of their complex needs which can result in immense suffering and surrender to rescue. This is reflected in statistics from the RSPCA who reported a 28% increase from the previous year of rabbits being taken into their care during 2021.
Often seen as cute and cuddly rabbits are sometimes viewed as A good choice of pet for a child but rabbits are prey animals, they are not keen on being picked up, and can often react in these situations injuring themselves or the child.
Living on average 8 – 12 years in captivity, rabbits are certainly a long-term commitment. They are very sociable creatures too and should not live alone. The PDSA recommends keeping rabbits in neutered pairs so they can be company for each other and play together. Requiring a minimum of 10 x 6 x 3ft of space rabbits should be given toys for them to play within and hide in too.
With the high rate of rabbits being surrendered to rescue, we urge you to carry out thorough research before becoming a rabbit owner, and until then perhaps consider making any rabbits you buy this Easter, chocolate ones!
For further information on rabbit care check out the following sources: