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Genetically Engineered Rats: 100 Percent Fake!

Written by PETA | April 2, 2010

Happy (belated) April Fool’s, folks! If you were to pick out one of our blogs from yesterday and label it a fantasy, which would you pick? Sure, McDonald’s basketball seems made up, but it turns out that we do not support genetically engineering rats. But judging from the comments on the first blog about our rabbit-rat hybrid, we were able to pull one over on a few of you with the help of our friends over at Ecorazzi. Got a good laugh out of it all? Well, you’re in good company, because it turns out that rats—who are sensitive, clever, and affectionate—love to laugh too! (And, no, we’re not kidding this time. That really has been proved.)

To treat animals better only because they are cute is as insupportable as genetically engineering rats to have powder-puffy tails. No one deserves to be killed with gut-wrenching poisons, force-fed toxic chemicals, or left writhing on a glue trap because they aren’t considered important. Tell us what you think:


Would people treat rats better if they were cuter?online surveys


Written by Logan Scherer

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  • Phoenix says:

    My manager was telling me how it doesn’t matter that chickens are scalded because they “don’t care about the pain”…He’d probably say the same goes for rats…what in the HELL. Rats are very clever smart and personable little creatures…maybe a chicken is dumber but both animals would feel the pain in the exact same way a human would. Yet when a human is tortured it’s wrong.

  • Sabrina says:

    I think they’re adorable. I do think ppl would care a bit more if they looked like this. The sad part about that is the fact that if we changed the tail of this animal and made it a cuter animal people’s views and opinions would be completely opposite. How self indulged with looks can people get?

  • Loredana LoVegan says:

    How can you think this is funny? Rats suffer hell for true in labs they are tortured and manipulated. This is a bad joke for people who truly love animals. I’m highly disappointed I didn’t laugh and my rescued Rats didn’t laugh either

  • Josie says:

    The video of the laughing rats was so cute that I laughed until I cried! They are so sweet and funny. I had pet rats when I was a teenager. They were smart and very sweet little companions. When I would come home from school they would jump up and climb up the sides of their enclosure and squeak and get so excited because they knew it was time to be let loose in the house and to have treats. They’d run loose in my room and they’d climb up on me follow me everywhere sit on my shoulders squeak play nuzzle and cuddle. How could anyone be cruel to any animals much less such sweet creatures as rats?

  • Samantha says:

    Wouldn’t it be wonderful if vivisectors were required by law to install and listen to the devices shown above re tickling rats? Then they could hear the screams of their test subjects!

  • Alma Ur says:

    I KNEW IT! i was reading the blog on peta2 and it freaked me out! but then i realized it was fool’s day. Thanks because you guys dont support this. Rats are cool animals the way someone looks shouldn’t affect the way they’re treated.

  • vileplume says:

    I wouldn’t care what the animal looks like all animals deserve to be let alone and respected! But even though real rabbits are very cute and cuddly they’re still used in cruel tests so I don’t think it would change.