Wisbech pet store to ban sale of rabbits over Easter to stop people impulse buying them as gifts

Rabbit

Rabbit - Credit: Archant

A Wisbech pet store is refusing to sell bunnies until the Easter holiday is over in a bid to make people think before buying rabbits as pets.

Rabbit

Rabbit - Credit: Archant

The move is being made by Pets at Home who are replacing their rabbits with furry toy counterparts to highlight the number of unwanted rabbits left homeless each year.

Manager Mark Tutton said: “We pride ourselves on putting pets before profit, so we’ve decided not to sell rabbits over the Easter weekend to reduce the number of healthy rabbits left homeless as a result of an impulse purchase.

“Young pet lovers in Wisbech can attend our fun workshops to get an insight into the level of care needed to ensure these types of pets live happy, healthy lives. “They also give parents a fun activity to entertain their children during the holidays.”

My Pet Pals Easter club will be held throughout the holidays where fun activities will educate the next generation of pet owners on how to care for small furry animals - including rabbits - responsibly.


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The workshops will help families to make an informed decision about the long term commitment and responsibilities that come with pet ownership.

After completing the workshops, each child will receive a certificate and sticker, and a pet promise card.

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Rabbits are the third most popular choice of pet for British children with around 1.3 million kept as pets - they can live for up to 12 years.

Pets at Home Wisbech will stop selling rabbits from 9am on Good Friday until close of business on Monday March 28.

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