International Rabbit Day: Take Action to Help Rabbits

Patch sitting in the sun throguh the window

Above is a photo by my adopted rabbit Patch.

He is a wonderful little creature so full of life, he has his own personality, his little habits, his likes and dislikes. He loves to be stroked and fussed, he gets lonely if he is left, he enjoys his favourite foods and has his favourite place to sleep. Though a timid animal he is curious and likes exploring new things. He like you and I, like your cat or your dog, feels pain and suffers. In short he is a sentient being, aware of himself, his surroundings, his environment and my family and I.

How could anyone hurt such a sweet and inoffensive creature you might ask,  if you ‘re a normal rational sensitive human being that is .

Yet these animals suffer greatly.

There are just so many ways in which these gentle creatures are harmed including being hunted for pleasure, kept in captivity and confinement for meat production and fur farming or in the case of angora for their wool, which in China, where most angora wool is produced, is plucked from them while alive every three months for five years until they are slaughtered. Rabbits are also used in cruel medical experiments or for cosmetic testing.  Many rabbits are exploited in the pet trade and often left abandoned in tiny hutches in someone’s garden. Unlike a cat or a dog people tend to neglect rabbits, for example rabbits receive less veterinary care than cats or dogs.

International Rabbit Day

Held on the fourth Saturday in September International Rabbit Day promotes the protection of rabbits both domestic and wild, this year it takes place on Saturday September 27th.

International Rabbit day is a time to promote the wellbeing of these often overlooked companion animals. Not only the millions of rabbits kept in hutches throughout the world but also wild rabbits, rabbits in zoos, in laboratories, in factory farms both for meat and fur and indeed suffering rabbits everywhere for indeed the vast majority of these creatures suffer terribly at the hand of human beings.

On International Rabbit Day we are encouraged to consider, not only the companionship offered by these gentle and lovable animals but the various ways in which rabbits are harmed.

International Rabbit Day is a good time to get active for rabbits or get to know rabbits by learning about them.

Suggested Actions to help rabbits – You can read rabbit stories and other information further down.

Please help rabbits by sharing photographs, signing petitions, sending messages and making a pledge. Please take as much action as you can, the petitions require only a few minutes to sign them.

Share a Photo and messages on Twitter or Facebook:

Humane Society International’s #BeCrueltyFree campaign estimates that every year around the world, approximately 500,000 animals suffer and die to test cosmetics. Rabbits are often used in painful eye and skin tests, so this International Rabbit Day, the #BeCrueltyFree campaign is shining a spotlight on their suffering and YOU can help.

Every rabbit who endures cosmetics testing is just as lovable and unique as the rabbits with whom we share our homes. So HSI is asking for supporters to donate a photo of their beloved rabbit companions (or a selfie of you in bunny ears!) with the following message:

Take part on Twitter by tweeting your photo with this message:
I WANT BUNNIES TO #BECRUELTYFREE WITH @HSIGlobal for #InternationalRabbitDay & end cosmetics cruelty!

Take part on Facebook by posting your photo with the message:
RABBITS SUFFER in cosmetics tests. I WANT BUNNIES TO ‪#‎BECRUELTYFREE! Take the pledge: and help Humane Society International end cosmetics cruelty.

Rabbits are commonly used in painful eye and skin irritation tests for consumer products. Developed in the 1940s, skin and eye irritation tests involve holding rabbits in full body restraints so that chemicals can be dripped in their eye or spread on their shaved skin. These tests are notoriously unreliable as well as extremely cruel, causing eye reddening, swelling, ulceration, even blindness, or skin cracking and bleeding. Unlike humans, rabbits have no tear ducts so they can’t cry out the harmful substances.

#BeCrueltyFree is the largest campaign in the world to end cosmetics animal testing. Globally, Humane Society International and our #BeCrueltyFree partners are leading the charge to end cosmetics cruelty in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Russia, Taiwan, and #BeCrueltyFree USA is spearheaded by The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Legislative Fund.

Follow #BeCrueltyFree on Facebook here.

Original source:   –  Most people don’t click the links included here, however it may be well worth giving this link a click as it is a useful resource for cruelty free cosmetics. One way to stop the abuse of rabbits in the testing of cosmetics of course is to boycott cosmetic manufacturers who test on animals.

Pledge to be cruelty free

Sign Petitions and and write letters

Please sign the following petitions:

Petition to MSD animal Health

Last year British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) uncovered the shocking killing of baby rabbits animals Born To Die in a UK laboratory.

Thirty innocent and defenseless rabbits arrived at the MSD Animal Health laboratory on 1st November 2013. Within just a few days, a number of rabbits were found dead.

During the experiment some of the rabbits suffered with swollen eyes, black tumours on their genitals, eyes and noses, swollen, lumpy ears and laboured breathing. They had to be killed due to the severity of their symptoms.

All 30 rabbits either died or were killed by the laboratory by the 9th December 2013.

Please remember these animals this International Rabbit Day.

Sign the petition:


This is the official MSD Animal Health website: – You could also write a letter or send an e-mail:

MSD Animal Health
Walton Manor
Milton Keynes

Tel: +44 (0)370 060 3380


BUAV website:

This petition is directed to the president of China, asking them to stop cruel angora wool production:

For more information and action you can take concerning the cruel torture of plucking live rabbits in the production of angora wool in china please see the previous entry:

Petition: Justice for Percy! Shaved, Set Fire To, Thrown Out The Window! Demand Jail Time For The Culprits! – you don’t have to have a Facebook account to sign

Ask Brazil to end cosmetic testing:

UK government Petition – Ban the sale of Angora rabbit fur products in the UK

Petition Scottish Parliament & the UK Government as a whole: Implement urgent (pet) Rabbit Specific Welfare Laws in the UK

Petition to: Tell Ralph Lauren to Stop Using Angora Fur From Tortured Rabbits:

Petitioning Walter Robb
Please do not sell rabbit meat in any Whole Foods stores:

Rabbits deserve better, please take as many of the actions above as you can.

Rabbits are not just a bundle of fur, if you have ever met a rabbit you cannot believe he or she is not a little person. Rabbits have their own personalities, like us each individual is different with his or her own little personality traits and ways of being.

Rabbit Stories

Rabbit Stories from Celebrating rabbits

Adventures of Mopsy Bunnytail
by Charmaine Blaisdell

Our Mopsy, a natural entertainer, leaped onto the couch, jumped up on the back, then ran along it and bounced down. Then she eyed my Dad, who wasn’t paying attention to her—he was sitting in his chair, intently reading the newspaper. Mopsy must have wanted him to notice her because she tore across the floor and with one jump was on his lap, knocking the paper out of the way. She put her front feet on his chest and looked up at him with her soulful dark brown eyes. Then she nipped a small hole in his shirt pocket! Just that quick, she bounced down again. Dad laughed so hard, along with the rest of us.

Read the full story – Do at least read this story which shows so clearly that rabbits are sentient animals, little beings who enjoy life, who are inquisitive and sociable just like a cat or dog.

Lucky Jasmine
by Marie Mead

At eight weeks old, the dainty lionhead was so cute. The little girl who saw him exclaimed that the black eye rings and ears made the diminutive bunny look like a panda! And so the rabbit was taken home, a live Easter bunny.

By nine weeks old, the rabbit’s novelty had worn off. He was no longer showered with attention and had lost his status as darling Easter bunny.

When the rabbit was ten weeks old, the young girl’s father took over care of the unnamed bunny, but he didn’t know how to interact with an increasingly defensive and frightened rabbit.

At twelve weeks old, one down-on-his-luck Easter bunny needed a new home.

Read the full story here:

Chester, the Lop-Eared Rabbit:

The first three years of his life were spent in a wire cage in a basement, separated from others. Oh, he had some of the necessary requirements to sustain life: food, water, and shelter. And now and then he was allowed a taste of what lay beyond his confines, if only for a short while. Days, weeks, and finally months secluded from the world beget lethargy, boredom, and depression.

Yes — even in an animal.

Upon entering the murky basement my eyes began to burn from the stench of ammonia that had built in the air from an unclean cage. Lonely, isolated, cold, huddled on wire — this was not how any being should be forced to live.

No — not even an animal.

Read the full story here:

More rabbit Stories from Celebrating Rabbits:

We have looked after three rabbits each of whom was and is very different. Sadly two of our rabbits have died, I have included information about these wonderful little beings in their memorials on my website.

Also information about both Sooty and Joey after we adopted Joey:

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