31 Jan '11, 4am

Pet bunnie craze spells bad news for rabbits: And seeing how cute rabbits are makes many people want to buy one

Pet bunnie craze spells bad news for rabbits: And seeing how cute rabbits are makes many people want to buy one

TAIPEI : Rabbit souvenirs are flying off the shelves in Taiwan. Some end up in personal collections, while others as presents to family and friends. But there is one gift people in Taiwan are being asked not to buy for the Year of the Rabbit - and that's pet bunnies. A shop owner said sales of its rabbits have gone up by as much as 30 per cent since October. And that number is going to peak, ahead of the Lunar New Year. "This year is the Year of the Rabbit, so many products with rabbit pattern are shown on television. And seeing how cute rabbits are makes many people want to buy one as a pet. That's why the demand is so high," said Lai Tai Yuan, owner of Ay Mhau Yuan Company. Demand for pet rabbits is on the rise, as Taiwanese usher in the Year of the Rabbit. But animal activists are worried that many will end up on the street before the year is over. Last year alone, more...

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