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Choose Chocolate and No Bunny Gets Hurt

Written by PETA | April 22, 2011

While most of us are busy stuffing plastic eggs and scoping out hiding places, animal shelters are bracing for the onslaught of abandoned rabbits after Easter. The House Rabbit Society reports that every year, thousands of rabbits as well as chicks and ducks are stuffed into Easter baskets and then turned over to animal shelters after the holiday. Worse, some domesticated rabbits are simply left outside, where they have no chance of surviving.

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Rabbits can live up to 10 years and require specialized care. They can’t tolerate extreme heat or cold, and they need specific foods and stimulating environments. They need as much attention as a dog or cat, but they are delicate and can be nervous, so they aren’t ideal for young children.

If, after careful consideration, you have decided to bring a rabbit into your home and care for him or her for the next decade, please adopt from your local animal shelter after Easter—and make the bunny in your basket a charming chocolate version instead. 

Written by Michelle Sherrow

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  • Heernararathy says:

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  • shelby v says:

    Hey, if I get educated on rabbits, then is it still bad if I get one?

  • diya says:

    Easter is about giving life, not taking it… whoever does atrocious things to animals, karma is a b*tch and will eventually bite you in your behind…

  • Irina Seifert says:

    I am vegetarian I am very glad to be! There would be less problems in the world without horrible barbaric habit to breed animals and after eat them

  • dingo says:

    The few people that I know who buy a bunny for easter usually end up eating it later on. To do otherwise seems a bit wasteful.

  • BunnyMommy says:

    Rabbits are sensitive, social, pets that are not meant to be confined to a cage. These animals should always be adopted from shelters and never bought as an impulse pet. If potential owners had to go through an adoption process and be educated on rabbit’s special needs, they would be better prepared.

  • Shaniqa says:

    Can we all stop with the chocolate bunnies? I don’t like the idea of eating a senient animal in effigy. Why not chocolate lettuces and chocolate cucumbers?

  • 4mula1 says:

    hey royce (my cat) ROYCE… come mer look at da bunny.

  • killThepuppymill says:

    wow. This is sad. I can’t believe people- our own kind- could be so rotten!!! check out my website:

  • Caroline says:

    Thank you PETA for posting this great information. I have had my adorable little bunny for over a year and it breaks my heart when people dump them in the wild or turn them over to shelters because they are “too difficult” to care for.

  • Bobs says:

    Hopefully you stuff your kids basket with a chocolate bunny not an actual bunny. What do you plan on doing with that bunny afterwords. leaving it out to die? The only thing you would do is endanger bunny’s. Easter is a holiday to celebrate God. Not a day to kill animals. Nor any other day. Don’t buy an animal just to buy it. Take care of it.

  • J9CATS says:

    I agree to choose chocolate over bunnies, however, just yesterday I saw people selling bunnies on the side of the road. I called the local humane society and they did not know if that was illegal. I called the local animal care services and they advised me to call the local sherrif’s office. I was told by the Bexar County Sherrif’s office that there was nothing illegal about selling bunnies on the roadside.