The Easter Bunny is better off being sweet and edible instead of alive.

After Easter is over and the novelty of bunnies has worn off, the BC SCPA takes in dozens of abandoned rabbits at branches across the province every year.

But that’s not the worst part

“The animals turned in to SPCA shelters are the fortunate ones,” says Lorie Chortyk, BC SPCA general manager, community relations.

“Many others are simply abandoned in the wild to fend for themselves, and these domesticated rabbits often fall prey to predators such as coyotes, are susceptible to disease, or end up starving to death.”

On the other hand, those that do survive contribute to the growing population of wild rabbits, and can lead to overpopulation.

So before you adopt a pet bunny this Easter, make sure you’re prepared to take care of them for all 12 years (approximately) of their life!