The top two selling candies at Easter are the chocolate bunny (90 million produced each year) and Peeps, a marshmallow confection in the shape of a chick (700 million produced each year). We love our Easter candy so much, Peeps alone have over 200 Internet fan sites and the Washington Post holds an annual Peeps Diorama Contest.
Despite our love for chocolate bunnies and our enthusiasm for the cute, yellow marshmallow Peeps, the folks with the group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have launched a campaign to end the Easter tradition of barbarity.
Peter Coney, a PETA member, explained.
"Every year parents fill their children's Easter baskets with candy in the shape of bunnies and chicks. The lesson parents are teaching their kids is it's fun to eat animals."
One of the more gruesome statistics is that 76% of people eat chocolate bunnies starting at the ears and working down while 75% of people chomp the heads off of Peeps as their first bite.
"These kids chomping off the heads of Peeps grow up to be adults who chomp off the heads of bats as a form of entertainment to the amusement of a roaring crowd," Mr. Coney lamented. "While Ozzy's barbaric act is the most famous, it is not an isolated incidence. Take a look at YouTube and the number of equally barbaric videos being made in the name of entertainment."
PETA, and Mr. Coney, hope to see future Easter celebrations animal-cruelty free. They envision baskets filled with vegan candy and none of it shaped like eggs or animals. As Mr. Coney pointed out, it must be very confusing to a child to be taught the kind Easter bunny brings baskets of candy, and then be taught it's alright to eat the chocolate Easter bunny.
"Changing our barbaric Easter traditions of eating animals is one small step in beginning to raise kinder, gentler children who will grow up to be kinder, gentler adults. This Easter, skip the traditional Easter ham and go vegan. And in the Easter basket, make sure the candy is vegan and none of it looks like an animal or an egg," Mr. Coney chastised. "Remember, animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way."
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