More bunnies abandoned as Rabbit Year nears end
SINGAPORE: The fad to own a rabbit for good luck appears to be dying, as the Year of the Rabbit comes to an end in about three weeks. Animal shelters saw a 30 per cent increase in the number of abandoned rabbits in 2011 compared to the year before. One shelter - the House Rabbits Society of Singapore - took in about 100 rabbits. The number of people buying or adopting rabbits as pets surged in 2011, as the Chinese believe that these furry animals will bring them good luck and prosperity. Pets are also dumped as quickly as they are bought, partly because of online shopping. Online forums advertise pets for sale, promising minimal hassle. But once the novelty is gone, the pets end up on the streets or at the shelters.