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HGTV star Tarek El Moussa and his wife, Heather Rae Young, recently celebrated Easter with real bunnies at their family party, and fans are not happy. Here’s what the Selling Sunset star and the Flip or Flop star posted about the holiday and how fans are responding.

Tarek El Moussa and Heather Rae Young pose together at an event.
Tarek El Moussa and Heather Rae Young | Amy Sussman/Getty Images

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Tarek El Moussa and Heather Rae Young had a ‘real life bunny petting’ with his kids for Easter

On Apr. 18, Tarek El Moussa shared an Instagram post about how he and Heather Rae Young celebrated Easter with his children. He posted several photos of his family holding and playing with real bunnies.

“We had such a fun Easter!!” El Moussa wrote in the caption. “We started off the day by surprising the kids with real life bunny petting! It was so cute especially when the bunnies kept peeing on the kids🤣🤣🤣”

Young shared a similar Instagram post. In her caption, she said that the bunnies could become an annual tradition. “I think we may have added a new tradition with the bunnies!!” she wrote. “The kids loved it so much they just lit up when I saw them and it was a really special thing we did.”

Fans are furious with Tarek El Moussa and Heather Rae Young for using real animals as ‘props’ at their Easter party

Many of Tarek El Moussa and Heather Rae Young’s fans are upset with the couple for using live animals in their Easter festivities. They sounded off in the comments section of the Flip or Flop star’s post.

One fan wrote, “Those bunnies are not happy,” to which another fan replied, “I agree. Not a thing to do!!”

“The bunnies urinate when they are scared,” one fan explained. “Hope they were treated humanely. I’ll never understand why live animals are treated like trinkets 😓”

Another fan echoed the sentiment by commenting, “Why do people rent small animals for parties! The bunnies are clearly scared!”

And another fan mentioned the animal rights group PETA and called the couple hypocritical, writing, “Way to piss off PETA #hypocritical.”

The ‘Selling Sunset’ star has been vegan for 12 years

According to PETA’s (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) website, Heather Rae Young has been vegan for 12 years, and her husband Tarek El Moussa has been “the most supportive person” of her diet. The couple incorporated vegan food into their televised wedding special, Tarek & Heather: The Big I Do, which was released in December 2021. 

Fans brought up Young’s veganism and the treatment of animals in the comments section of her Easter post. 

“I know you’re vegan and love animals so pleeeease encourage your followers not to buy bunnies for Easter,” one fan wrote. “They’re abandoned en masse after the holiday and shelters are brimming. They make amazing pets but are so fragile and live for 10-12 years ❤️”

“This makes me really sad 😢 I have a pet bunny I rescued 4 years ago. When I see how people treat them like ‘props’ for Easter every year, it makes me wanna cry,” another fan commented. “When Easter’s over, they get dumped or mistreated.. Everyone who’s thinking about ‘renting’ (can’t believe I’m even using this word for a living animal) or borrowing bunnies for Easter, should instead go help to a bunny shelter.”

And one fan wrote, “I thought you were vegan and cared about animals? This is so sad please do better.”