Farm Sanctuary: Sponsor an animal; as opposed to giving one as an Easter gift

Farm Sanctuary

Farm Sanctuary

The Farm Sanctuary is urging families to avoid giving live chicks, bunnies or ducklings as Easter gifts this year. The non-profit organization is instead offering up its “Adopt-A-Farm Animal Project” – where parents can sponsor a farm animal in their name, or better still, in their child’s name.

Each sponsorship package includes a certificate of adoption and color photo.

The Farm Sanctuary notes the fuzzy, cute little animals given as gifts too often end up abandoned.

“These are living, feeling animals, not holiday trinkets, yet many people impulsively purchase them without considering whether or not they are fully prepared to take on the responsibility of an animal that will require daily care for many years to come,” Farm Sanctuary National Shelter Director Susie Coston said in a recent press release.

“When that reality sets in, the animals that aren’t abandoned at shelters usually end up being dumped outdoors where they will most likely starve to death, or they are relegated to cramped backyard hutches and cages, where they will spend the remaining years of their life lonely and neglected.

“We urge parents to show their children that grown up animals deserve love too by sponsoring an animal in need for their children this Easter instead.”

Some of the animals at Farm Sanctuary’s shelters in New York and California are abandoned Easter gifts.

Also from the release –

“Farm Sanctuary’s shelters provide lifelong care for more than 1,000 farm animals rescued from cruelty and neglect, including forty-nine baby chicks— dyed green, orange, red, pink, purple and blue as part of a cruel Easter promotion— who were seized in April 2007 from a Brooklyn pet store and brought to refuge at Farm Sanctuary’s New York Shelter.”

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Janice Krish on March 30, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Yes, please do not buy chicks or bunnies for Easter. You can win an adororable cage-free wind-up chick instead http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?ref=profile&id=1158785138#!/pages/The-Humane-Society-of-the-United-States-Student-Outreach/327716021366?ref=ts

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