Written by Michelle Kretzer
to wake up Easter morning to a basket filled with goodies? Here are five ways
to be sweet to rabbits this spring—and make sure
the Easter Bunny's trail runs right up to your house.
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isn't quite Easter yet, but one Los Angeles woman still got a surprise from a
bunny. Taken aback to see a big, fluffy black-and-white rabbit calmly nibbling
grass near her home, she called PETA and asked how she could tell if the animal
were a wild rabbit or a domesticated
bunny someone had simply
turned loose outdoors after growing tired of caring for the animal.
This lucky (and adorable!) bunny got a second chance at finding a good home
Based on the rabbit's physical
description and friendly demeanor, it was clear that the little one had been
someone's companion. And as the PETA employee explained, domesticated rabbits
lack the survival skills and training of their wild counterparts and will fall victim to
predators, cruel people, or foreign parasites and diseases against which they
lack a natural immunity.
caller did everything right: She safely secured the bunny in a large box,
carried the animal into her home, and called someone at the local animal
shelter, who drove out and picked the bunny up. The friendly rabbit likely hadn't
been outside for long since the animal was still very healthy, and the fluffy
one now has a second chance at finding a forever home.
you are considering adopting a rabbit, don't buy; go to a shelter or a rescue group.
Written by PETA
Like a warm-weather Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny delivers baskets full of treats to children every year. But photographers who use real rabbits as props in Easter photos shouldn't expect anything in their baskets but plastic grass.
Unlike real rabbits, this Easter bunny doesn’t mind being taken out of the wild for photo shoots. zappowbang/cc by 2.0
Rabbits are easily stressed by unfamiliar surroundings and terrified by loud noises and sudden movements. They often panic when handled, and a frightened rabbit can bite or scratch children. They are also delicate animals whose spines can snap if they kick or if they're dropped or even held improperly. And when Easter is over, these animals are often abandoned at shelters or dumped outside, where they are killed by predators.
Please don't support businesses that use live animals as props. Many national portrait studios have policies against using live animals, such as Sears Portrait Studio and LifeTouch Inc. studios in Target and JCPenney stores. Stuffed animals are a simple, humane alternative, as are Easter bunnies of the costumed variety.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
Last Thursday, four rabbits in a Warwick Mall photo studio reportedly drowned in the floods that have been ravaging Rhode Island. Although the mall had been evacuated two days earlier, the bunnies—whom Portrait Simple studios was using as props for in-store Easter photos—were left behind in their cage on a "high shelf" in the studio. When employees returned to the studio two days later, they discovered that the cage had apparently fallen from its perch and that all the rabbits had drowned.
When PETA first heard about Portrait Simple's use of live rabbits for photos a few weeks ago, we contacted the studio and the store's director of operations told us that the rabbits were "well cared for, played with, coddled, and loved by our team members." Now, in the aftermath of these preventable deaths, we're asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to investigate and if appropriate revoke Portrait Simple's exhibitor license in order to ensure that a tragedy like this never happens at the studio again. You can help by contacting Portrait Simple and asking it to implement a "no animals" policy at its stores.
you have a general question for PETA and would like a response, please e-mail Info@peta.org. If you need to report cruelty to
an animal, please click
here. If you are reporting an animal in imminent danger and know where to find the
animal and if the abuse is taking place right now, please call your local
police department. If the police are unresponsive, please call PETA
immediately at 757-622-7382 and press 2.
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Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.