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Bunny Hops, Not Bunny Props This Easter

Written by PETA | April 14, 2011

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

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  • Gloria says:

    I was delighted when the sale of tiny baby chicks, baby bunnies, and baby ducklings,considered cute Easter gifts for young children, was banned. I myself, had been given several chicks, and two ducklings that were died pink, purple, and green for the holiday. While I was a good “parent” and cared well for my chicks and ducklings, providing them with proper food and access to the outdoors for exercise, I always did the right thing and took them to a friend’s farm when they became adults, where they lived to a good old age. The Easter rabbit I was given, was allowed to hop about my house at will and was treated like a member of the family until he also passed from advanced old age. But, sadly there were too many of these Easter pets that were subjected to the most horrific cruelty at the hands of children far too young to have pets in the first place. Ramon I see no harm whatsoever in taking your pet rabbit out into the yard with your children, provided the rabbit is already accustomed to being outdoors, and your yard is correctly fenced in. Rabbits enjoy hopping about in the fresh green grass and nibbling clover. But, subjecting rabbits to being handled by strangers, and forced to endure hours of being used a photo props is completely wrong.

  • emily says:

    i have 2 bunnies and i would never do that they are already scared in normal life.

  • Ramon says:

    what if i own a pet rabbit, take good care for it and photo it with my son, is that stressful as well to the animal?