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Bunnies might not make the best Easter gift, advocates say

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A pair of rabbits are cared for at a shelter in Simpsonville. (March 29, 2013/FOX Carolina) A pair of rabbits are cared for at a shelter in Simpsonville. (March 29, 2013/FOX Carolina)
SIMPSONVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

With Easter just days away, you may be wondering what to buy little ones to fill their baskets.

One Upstate group says there's something you should never buy because so often they lead to cruelty, health problems and heartbreak.

With his milk chocolate fur you'd never guess that Trek is an Easter bunny reject, but Rabbit Sanctuary Incorporated owner Caroline Gilbert says he was found booted from his home and illegally released into the wild to fend for himself before he was rescued.

His story is all too similar to more than 50 furry friends that live at the sanctuary with him in Simpsonville.

"Almost every rabbit here is an Easter bunny that got discarded," said Gilbert.

Gilbert says rabbits are often Easter impulse buys that aren't taken care of properly, even forgotten.

"Ninety percent of all Easter bunnies perish shortly after purchase, they don't even live a year. It's really cruel," said Gilbert.  

She says rabbits are not starter or easy pets and despite their cuddly appearance aren't great for kids.

"They're easily injured, they'll scratch when they get picked up because they get scared," said Gilbert.

Now the sanctuary is full, there's no more room left. Gilbert says she regularly has to turn failed Easter bunnies away, but she says rabbits can be good pets for the right owner.

The sanctuary offers alternative Easter surprises, like a virtual adopt-a-bunny program that helps fund the facility, in which a child will get a picture and information about a particular rabbit.

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