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Animals as gifts are not a gimmick

Posted: April 3, 2008 4:32 p.m.
Updated: June 4, 2008 5:05 a.m.
Michael Picarella, by his own admission, overflows with imagination.

However, it is apparent from his "Easter Bunny" column that his abundance of imagination clearly overrides good judgment and common sense.

In an attempt to instill a strong sense of imagination in his 4-year-old son, he bought a live "Easter Bunny" from the bunny ranch.

Even after learning that bunnies are not the best pets for young children as they are sensitive and require a lot of gentle touch, Mr. Picarella still felt the need to bring home the bunny.

Fortunately, that bunny never made it to the Picarella residence, as the 4-year-old, who may fall short in imagination, more than made up for that deficiency with the sense, judgment and compassion to know it was not the "real" Easter Bunny.

So back it went to the bunny ranch.

He was one of the lucky bunnies. Each holiday (Christmas, Easter, etc.) many animals become unwanted once their usefulness at the holiday is over.

Animals are a huge commitment, often requiring years of loving care. Please teach your children compassionate responsibility and make your decisions involving animals with much thought and consideration. Our shelters are overflowing with unwanted animals; please, let's not contribute to that population.


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