Target: Marcia Coburn, President, Red Door Animal Shelter
Goal: Applaud the Red Door Animal Shelter’s efforts to prevent the deaths of Easter rabbits
Every year thousands of cute, little rabbits are purchased as Easter gifts, and many of them are abandoned into the wild to be devoured by wild predators, or are left at overcrowded animal shelters. People need to be made aware just how much care rabbits actually need. Increased awareness will lead to fewer abandoned rabbits and less animal suffering. The Red Door Animal Shelter should be applauded for its Respect the Rabbit campaign and its efforts to educate people about rabbit welfare.
Many people purchase rabbits as Easter gifts for their children, seeing them as little more than cute objects. Rabbits are cute, but they are much more than stuffed toys. As natural prey animals, rabbits can be terrified by loud movements or quick, sudden movements, and they can literally die of fright. They are fragile and often prone to broken bones if held or handled carelessly. Rabbits require timothy hay and fresh salad greens instead of just canned food, which is what most people expect to have to provide. They also need more specialized veterinary care than do household cats and dogs. Purchasers of Easter rabbits often find they cannot provide the care needed by rabbits or that the rabbits do not behave like the good little toys they thought they were buying; in many of theses cases, the rabbits are abandoned and dumped into an alley or a parking lot. If not rescued within a few days by an organization like the Red Door Animal Shelter, these rabbits will most likely be eaten as prey.
The Red Door Animal Shelter in Chicago is a no-kill shelter that cares for cats, dogs, and rabbits. The shelter observed an increase in the number of abandoned Easter rabbits over the past few years and decided to develop an educational outreach program called Respect the Rabbit. This campaign strives to teach people that rabbits need a high level of care and to ask people not to purchase rabbits unless they are absolutely sure they can care for them. By signing the petition below you will let Marcia Coburn, President of the Red Door Animal Shelter, and her staff know you appreciate their efforts to prevent the needless deaths of Easter rabbits.
Dear Ms. Coburn,
I was happy to read about the Red Door Animal Shelter’s Respect the Rabbit campaign. Each year, thousands of rabbits purchased as Easter gifts are abandoned into the wild once the people who bought them realize just how difficult it is to care for them. Rabbits abandoned into the wild are usually quickly eaten as prey or seriously injured escaping from a predator. Some are rescued by wonderful no-kill shelters such as the Red Door Animal Shelter. Many shelters that rescue these rabbits, however, are not no-kill and end up euthanizing the animals that go unadopted.
I am writing this letter to let you and your staff at the Red Door Animal Shelter know that I appreciate your efforts to educate the populace about rabbit welfare and to help prevent the needless deaths of rabbits. As your campaign continues to grow and to spread, people will become more responsible consumers and fewer rabbits will suffer as a result. Thank you for your work.
[Your Name Here]
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