Few people can resist the tug of innocent cuteness from one of the animal kingdom’s softest critters. They sport long ears and powder puff tails, and can twitch their noses much better than Samantha on “Bewitched”.
Every Easter, children eagerly await its arrival which precedes the hunt for colorful eggs. From Disney to Looney Tunes, this creature has hopped its way to stardom.
Today, we hail bunnies around the world in honor of International Rabbit Day. Observed annually on the fourth Saturday in September, this day is all about pulling back rosy curtains to expose darkness behind the spotlight.
Despite their cute factor, rabbits are frequently raised for meat and fur in cruel, inhumane conditions. They’re tortured in laboratories while being used as test subjects for pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries.
Pets don’t always fare well either. Every Easter, bunnies are presented as gifts. After the novelty wears off they’re relegated to backyard cages, living in isolation and neglect.
International Rabbit Day was created as a wake up call and gives us an opportunity to acknowledge and make changes. We don’t have to break into laboratories, but we can contribute to the long-term goal of ending the use of certain animals for testing.
A little research is all it takes to find products created by companies that don’t use animal torture as a means of product development. It’s a senseless act of brutality against a defenseless creature.
Don’t purchase clothing made from rabbit pelts. Accept the fact that we are not rabbits and wearing their fur does nothing for us. Trust me, it’s just not as attractive on us as it is on the rabbit.
Consult a veterinarian about the care of rabbits before purchasing one as a pet. They’re social creatures that crave attention and they live longer when housed indoors.
Conclude International Rabbit Day by watching a marathon of Bugs Bunny cartoons. It’s very satisfying to see that clever, long-eared, bucktoothed varmint outwit the red-bearded, nasty tempered redneck with the shotgun.
Come to think of it, watching this Looney Tunes star at the start of the day can serve as inspiration in your quest to help all rabbits receive compassion and achieve a safer, happier quality of life.