2017-03-01 / Front Page

Bunny Ban

Pet stores throughout New York City are now banned from selling bunnies.

City Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley called for a change in an existing law in 2014, after animal rescue groups provided examples of the horrors faced by bunnies purchased as Easter gifts.

Rescuers said people buy bunnies for their children as Easter gifts, but tire of them when they grow to full size. Heartless owners either turn the helpless bunnies loose, toss them in the trash for pickup by sanitation workers, or discard of them in “other, awful ways.”

Rescuers, city officials and officials at the ASPCA are urging parents to think before they purchase young rabbits.

People who are no longer enamored by the grown rabbits are urged to bring them to the city’s Animal Care & Control Center, the ASPCA or a local rescue group.

Anyone who knows of a pet shop that is selling bunnies is urged to call their local precinct or 311 to report the shop

–Liz Goff


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