Letter: Caring for rabbits

WITH Easter fast approaching, and the release of the animated film Hop about the son of the Easter bunny, parents may find themselves inundated with requests for a pet rabbit.

However, many people don't realise that rabbits are one of the most difficult pets to care for properly.

A recent survey by the PDSA found that rabbit owners meet just over half of their animal's needs. For example, 67 per cent of rabbit owners have just one rabbit, despite the fact that they need companionship.

Rabbits also require lots of space to run, play and dig and yet still be safe from predators. A standard pet shop hutch, even with a 'run' attached, simply does not provide this.

The hard work, the expense and children quickly losing interest are among the reasons why so many rabbits are abandoned every year.

ASHLEY OWEN

Animal Aid, The Old Chapel

Bradford Street, Tonbridge

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