With Easter just around the corner The Humane Society of
Canada (HSC) is asking people not to buy or give small animals
and birds as gifts.
"One of the biggest mistakes parents can make at Easter is
to surprise their children with chicks, ducklings and other
animals," says Al Hickey, HSC western regional director.
"Every beautiful chick and duckling grows up into a large bird with specific needs that don't fit in with the lifestyle of most households.
Children suffer when they have become attached to the birds
which are taken away at some point. Because they are so small
and sensitive, often chicks and ducklings are harmed by
Parents should also be concerned about chicks and ducklings
because they can cause Salmonella poisoning, which has been
linked to these birds.
"Considerable heart ache for everyone involved can be
avoided by not getting these animals for children at Easter,"
Rabbits are also popular Easter gifts, but they require
committed owners. They can live up to 10 years. Easter is a
hectic time of year, so if a family decides to adopt a rabbit,
they are advised to wait until after the holiday and make sure
everyone is willing to pitch in and help.
Pet owners are also reminded that chocolate, found in abundance in many homes at Easter, can be deadly for pets. The green artificial grass used in Easter baskets can cause gastrointestinal blockages if consumed by pets.