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Letter to the Editor

Stuffed animals are better toys than live ones

As we approach Easter season it is time to warn people against buying baby rabbits, chicks or ducks. Rabbits are the third most numerous animals dumped in our shelters, who along with baby chicks and ducks, are victims of our disposal society often perceived as toys or objects for frivolous amusement for kids.

Often within days these animals die from rough handling, stress and lack of proper knowledge on caring for them. People buy these cute babies with good intentions, but these animals suffer broken bones, internal injuries and carry diseases such as salmonella. Pet stores only care about making money and have no regard where or how these animals end up.

You can help prevent unnecessary suffering this Easter by giving your children stuffed animals. Animals are not toys and nothing with a heartbeat should be given as one. As adults let us make the humane choice.

Linda Faso

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