AN OXFORDSHIRE pet shop has banned the sale of rabbits over Easter.

Pets at Home in Abingdon is instead running free 'educational workshops' about care for small mammals.

The company, which has made the decision across all of its 440 UK stores, said 'customer interest' in rabbits always increases over Easter.

However this year, sales will be banned from Good Friday to Easter Monday.

Abingdon store manager David Price said: "Our decision to stop the sale and adoption of rabbits during Easter has been made to educate potential owners on the importance of responsible pet ownership.

"Our informative workshops will help families understand what’s involved in being a responsible pet owner.

"What’s more they’re also a fun and free way to learn about small furry animals and rabbits during the holidays."

The company said its workshops will aim to promote awareness of rabbit welfare and help prospective rabbit owners make an informed decision about the long-term commitment that comes with owning a pet.