A ban on the sale of Easter bunnies has been put in place by a major chain of pet shops.
Pets at Home is to stop selling rabbits at all of its stores - including those in Horsham and Burgess Hill - this Easter.
Customers will not be able to buy or adopt a rabbit during the period between Good Friday and Easter Monday.
The store says is wants “to educate and inform children on the importance of responsible pet ownership.”
A spokesman added: “Each year, customer interest in rabbits increases at Easter due to the holiday’s connection with the Easter Bunny.
“To ensure families understand the specific needs of rabbits, Pets at Home is hosting free rabbit workshops in all stores throughout the Easter weekend.
“These sessions help children understand the welfare needs of rabbits - shelter, food and water, good health, appropriate company and the right living environment – and will help families and potential future pet owners to make an informed decision about the long term commitment and responsibilities that come with taking on an animal.”
Meanwhile Pets at Home chief executive Peter Pritchard said: “We pride ourselves on putting pets before profit so we’ve taken the decision not to sell rabbits during the upcoming Easter weekend. Nor will customers be able to adopt rabbits in need of rehoming from our in store adoption centres.
“Our informative workshops help families understand what’s involved in being a responsible rabbit owner. What’s more they’re also a fun and free way for children to get up close and personal with some furry friends during the holidays.”
The retailer already has a system for checking potential pet owners to help combat animal impulse-buys.