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Easter bunny alternatives

by Lauren Park
(April 11, 2019)

“How many of the toys you bought your kids at Christmas are they still playing with now?” asks the Windsor/Essex County Humane Society each Easter. Since 2016, they’ve encouraged Canadians to reconsider giving pet bunnies as gifts, citing abandonment statistics and myths about long-term rabbit care. Through the hashtags #MakeMineChocolate and #NotJust4Easter, animal activists worldwide are promoting humane alternatives to giving live animals. 


We love these three ideas:


  1. Buy your loved ones chocolate or plush bunnies rather than live, furry ones. There’s no shortage of chocolatiers making delicious vegan Easter bunnies, including Lindt, Moo Free, Chocolate Inspirations, Mama’s Ganache, Premium Chocolatiers, and Sjaak.

  2. Visit the Easter bunny in his home! Farm sanctuaries make for a delightful, family-friendly springtime day trip. You and your children can enjoy watching bunnies at Big Sky Ranch, Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary, Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary, and many more.

  3. Donate to a rabbit rescue or shelter in a loved one’s name. Rabbit Rescue Inc.Toronto Rabbit Rescue, and Blackjack’s Rabbit Rescue are a few worthy charities. You can even sponsor a rabbit at Big Sky Ranch. Children will feel wonderful knowing they helped give a bunny a second chance at life. 


Have a hoppy and humane Easter!






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