As the Year of the Rabbit draws all the more closer, many have begun to look into rearing pet rabbits as a way to usher in good luck.
However, the Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) has called upon Malaysians to avoid doing so merely for the sake of this yearly occasion.
‘Don’t buy pet rabbits this CNY’
In a lengthy Facebook post, CAP president Mohideen Abdul Kader said that an increase of pet rabbits being purchased was “inevitable” due to the belief that it would bring good luck.
As with any other past zodiac ‘animal trends’, there is bound to be extensive exploitation by pet retailers, petting zoos, and animal farms, due to the brisk demand for the furry creature.
“They are often bought for a demanding child as though the poor creature is some animated toy. Pet shops are also not well informed, often providing wrong or false information to first-time owners,“ he wrote.
Mohideen also said that rabbits were often subjected to neglect, abuse, mistreatment and abandonment once owners got tired of them.
“The rabbits will only end up in the backyard and gardens of homes, stuffed into a small cage for life and being fed an inappropriate diet.
“As a matter of fact, many pet rabbits are badly cared for and their needs are commonly misunderstood by families looking after them.”
Mohideen then went on to implore for a change in mindset among Malaysians when it comes to having rabbits as pets and not get swept away by the CNY hype.
“If there is a need for a rabbit to symbolise good fortune, elegance, and beauty, people can acquire a toy rabbit or figurine instead,” he added.
Thinking of getting a pet rabbit for CNY? Guess it’s time to reconsider now!
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