Tips For An animal-friendly Easter

Some Easter traditions and treats may hide cruelty behind them


Whether you’re baking, decorating, or eating them, there is no denying that eggs are a huge part of the Easter season, growing in popularity and consumption every year. Everything revolves around colored eggs, chocolate eggs, or the symbol of the Easter bunny. Egg consumption rises sharply in the days around Easter due to many families believing they cannot do without colorful Easter eggs.

Worldwide, egg production continues to grow: Within 10 years, it has increased by nearly 25%. The biggest egg producer by far is China with around one third of the world production, followed by the EU, USA, and India, and these 4 produce almost 60% of the world’s eggs. This means that the top 10 egg producers account for more than 3⁄4 of the world’s egg production.

How can I make Easter more animal-friendly?

Tips for less animal suffering in and around Easter

Dye your own "eggs"

Dye your own "eggs"

Animal-friendly Easter fans can take advantage of the season and dye their eggs themselves - it's the only way to be sure you're not eating caged eggs. There are widely available "faux" eggs too, made from plastic or ceramic! These can be reused next year and offer a fun and pretty alternative without the cruelty.

Reduce, Refine, Replace

Reduce, Refine, Replace

Buy products that support higher animal welfare standards, gradually reduce animal products, or replace them with plant-based products. Especially at Easter, there is an exciting range of delicious recipes for which no chicken has to suffer and no chick has to die. Read more.

Never gift animals

Animals are not presents

Each and every year, thousands of rabbits are bought as "gifts" during Easter, only to be dumped later. Having a pet is a long-term, expensive commitment, and is not a decision to be taken lightly. Why not foster or sponsor an animal, or donate to an animal organization instead!

Animal-safe Easter bonfires

Caution with Easter bonfires

Many countries celebrate with a traditional Easter fire - but it is important to be cautious. In spring, most wild animals begin to raise their offspring & look for a suitable shelter- which can be piles of wood already piled up for planned Easter fires. Find out how to protect animals from Easter bonfires.

Caution, chocolate!

Keep chocolate away from pets

Unfortunately, the danger of pets eating chocolate is still largely underestimated. Chocolates contain theobromine, an ingredient that can be deadly for dogs and cats. So be sure your chocolate eggs and treats are kept far away from pets!

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