Friday, December 5, 2008
PETCO to Stop Selling Bunnies
It’s a good time for bunnies. For years, animal humane groups have been pushing PETCO to stop selling rabbits. This week, the company finally announced that it will cease selling rabbits in it stores. The phase-out begins immediately. By early 2009, the only rabbits at PETCO will come from animal shelters or rescue organizations.
The decision comes months ahead of springtime, a notoriously bad season for rabbits when many families buy a rabbit on impulse for the Easter holiday. Many rabbits often end up relegated to the basement or garage after the holiday is over. A few months later, Easter rabbits are routinely surrendered to shelters or set free in a park or backyard to fend for themselves. But because domestic rabbits don’t know how to live in the wild, they’re often killed within a day or two by a predator or exposure.
There are thousands of homeless rabbits available through shelters and rescues, such as House Rabbit Society, making adoption the best option for a family seeking a floppy-eared friend.