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Rabbit Goes From Snake Food to Superstar

Written by Michelle Kretzer | January 6, 2012

Gracie 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.

Gracie 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.

While 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.

Show rabbits a little grace. Buy cruelty-free products.

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  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Gracie is gorgeous. The practice of feeding live animals to snakes is disgusting. Though a snake may eat mice etc. in the wild, at least those animals have a chance to escape, and live another day. For a human to submit an animal to a terrifying death with no chance of escape is repulsive beyond description.

  • billy williams says:

    I totally agree with Megan,Feeding animals live food is disgusting & unnecessary,Not only is it cruel for the rabbit but snakes only eat when they are truly hungry & will ignore food right in front of them if they’re not hungry,In that amount of time the rabbit or rat or whatever has time to attack the snake & has been known to do so,-Say NO to live food!

  • Darcy says:

    Way to go Gracie!!! My sweet grandmothers name was Grace and she would have loved this story!!!

  • Megan Holmes says:

    WHy is feeding live rabbits to snakes not considered animal cruelty punishable by law? I found out a few years ago that this was a common practice with snake owners and was beyond sickened to learn this! PETA PLEASE TRY TO STOP THIS SICK PRACTICE OF FEEDING LIVE RABBITS TO SNAKES! I will volunteer my time happily to se this stopped!

  • SUSAN says:

    END ANIMALS TESTING. HAVE COMPASSION FOR THESE SWEET, FURRY CREATURES!

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