Genetically Engineered Rats: 100 Percent Fake!

Published by PETA.

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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