Written by Michelle Kretzer
had been relegated to a
tiny cage for weeks when a PETA staffer noticed
her and asked her owner if she could give the rabbit a new home. Gracie's owner
agreed. After all, she said, she didn't really want a rabbit companion—she'd bought Gracie to feed to her snake, but the rabbit
had proved to be too big.
didn't let her harrowing start to life dampen her spirit, and she became a
superstar, posing with actor Charlotte
Ross in a PETA anti-fur ad. And in her new
home, where she is wanted, Gracie
enjoys romping through the vegetable garden and digging holes. She doesn't like
it when her chicken companions try to eat her food, but the wily rabbit never
hesitates to steal theirs.
sweet Gracie got her happy ending, she would be saddened if she knew
that rabbits just like her are confined to tiny
cages every year in laboratories in the U.S. They have cosmetics and household cleaners dripped into their
eyes. Their backs are shaved, and corrosive chemicals are painted onto their
raw skin and left to burn away the tissue for weeks. Then they are killed.
rabbits a little grace. Buy
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