Are Easter Pets a Good Idea?

Friday, April 22, 2011 - 4:21pm

Everyone has their own way of celebrating Easter.

Some opt for the traditional Easter egg hunt. Others buy Easter pets, like these baby chicks, but Eduardo de Castro from Animal Services says that may not be such a good idea.

"You want a baby chicken, because it's Easter. Or you want a baby rabbit because it's Easter, or a baby duck because it's Easter, and then you end up with a duck in your house and you don't know what to do with a duck. Then it ends up in a shelter to be euthanized or given away," de Castro said.

Instead Animal Services suggests filling baskets with something you don't have to commit to.

"I recommend that they get some plastic eggs and put some candy inside," de Castro said.

And even though they're cute and fuzzy these pets aren't flying off the shelves like they used to.

"At Easter time we're not selling nearly as many. Maybe 80% less than what we used to sell at Easter," Webb said.

Larry Webb has been selling baby chicks for decades and he says he knows why less people are buying them this Easter.

"They just don't want to deal with what to do with them afterwards," Webb said.

But Larry says it's not all bad for the kids, just as long as you're not just doing it because of the holiday.

"It's an educational thing just like any pet. Rabbits and the chicks teach them feed, care, responsibility," Webb said.

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