Pet shop bans Easter bunnies

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Pet shop chain Pets at Home is set to stop selling rabbits at all of its 430-plus stores, including their Eastleigh store, this Easter.

Customers will not be able to buy or adopt a rabbit during the period between Good Friday and Easter Monday, instead they will able to attend free rabbit workshops designed to educate and inform children on the importance of responsible pet ownership.

The store says that every year, customer interest in rabbits increases at Easter due to the holiday’s connection with the Easter Bunny and they want to ensure families understand the specific needs of the cuddly critters.

These sessions are designed to help children understand the welfare needs of rabbits – shelter, food and water, good health, appropriate company and the right living environment – and will help families and potential future pet owners to make an informed decision about the long term commitment and responsibilities that come with taking on an animal.

Peter Pritchard, CEO (Retail) at Pets at Home, said:

“We pride ourselves on putting pets before profit so we’ve taken the decision not to sell rabbits during the upcoming Easter weekend. Nor will customers be able to adopt rabbits in need of rehoming from our in store adoption centres.

“Our informative workshops help families understand what’s involved in being a responsible rabbit owner. What’s more they’re also a fun and free way for children to get up close and personal with some furry friends during the holidays.”

The retailer says they already have a vigorous system for checking potential pet owners to help combat impulse purchases.

Pets at Home will stop selling rabbits from 9am on Good Friday, 14th April until close of business on Monday 17th April.

The rabbit workshops take place as part of Pets at Home’s My Pet Pals club during the Easter weekend more details at  www.petsathome.com/workshops