The following article was written by Melinda McKee.
When you think of springtime, what usually comes to mind? Do you think of fresh-blooming flowers such as lilies and tulips? What about tiny chicks, baby rabbits, and lambs? Spring is a time associated with freshness, new life, and the opportunity to turn over a new leaf. Here are some myths to dismiss this year and new traditions that your family needs to implement.
Myth: A real Easter bunny will be the perfect pet for my family.
Truth: A rabbit is a living, breathing being who requires a lot of dedication and more than 10 years of commitment. Buying rabbits promotes bunny mills, which strip baby bunnies from their mothers after just a few weeks, and pet stores that care only about money.
Instead: As an alternative to bringing home a real bunny or chick, bring your family vegan chocolate bunnies or a stuffed toy that they can cuddle forever.
Myth: We need to maintain the family tradition of eating [insert gross meat here].
Truth: As the Earth’s population grows, it is more important than ever to go vegan. If you care about animals and the future of our planet, tell your family to take the next step.
Instead: Here are some vegan holiday recipes that will last for generations to come.
Myth: I should take my kids to get photographed professionally with animals.
Truth: Where do these animals come from? Where do they go when Easter is over and they’ve lost their seasonal “cuteness”? The answer may break your heart.
Instead: Don’t take photographs with live animals. Instead, take pictures with a person in costume or this giant carrot!
Myth: I should do activities using chicken eggs.
Truth: The egg industry is cruel and forces hens to spend two insufferable years on this planet crammed into tiny cages.
Instead: There are so many different ways to have a memorable Easter season with your family without using eggs from animals. Make sure your activities are chicken-friendly by using plastic eggs for your Easter egg hunt. You can even put treats inside for extra fun.
Try these options:
How will you have an animal-friendly Easter this year?