I don’t know what it is about rabbits but I have a soft spot for them, since adopting three rabbits all of whom had been inadequately cared for, I have got to know them as the delightful intelligent creatures they are.
Unfortunately rabbits are one of the most exploited and abused of animals, along with rodents they are the animal of choice when it comes to experiments, in the USA alone every year more than 170,000 of them are abused for research. Though they are the UK’s third favourite pet, many rabbits end up living alone in a cramped hutch at the end of someone garden, only visited once a day or twice a day if they are lucky to be fed and that is not always the case as many are left to die. Many rabbits live in squalid conditions in the own excrement, neglected abandoned. Still others are released into the countryside where they are eaten by predators.
Below two petitions concerning rabbits. Please sign and share.
Refuse application for pet rabbit breeding shop in Crowland
This Petition is to South Holland District Council, Spalding, Lincolnshire PE11 2XE, United Kingdom asking them to refuse an application for a unit to breed pet rabbits.
“Sadly, rabbits are one of the most neglected domestic animals. Animal rescue centres are overflowing with unwanted pet rabbits which are desperate for a loving home. A new commercial rabbit breeding facility is a terrible idea.
“Hundreds of thousands of rabbits face an unhappy, lonely existence in cramped accommodation, whilst being fed an inappropriate diet and suffering from a range of painful diseases.” PDSA Senior Veterinary Surgeon Sean Wensley
Selling rabbits and other small animals in pet shops encourages impulse buying. There are too many opportunities for the animals to end up in the wrong hands by being purchased for cruel reasons, or simply by people ignorant to the rabbits’ needs. A good rescue centre would do a home visit to see if the person’s home is suitable to adopt an animal.”
Please read more and sign the Petition
Urge Avon to Stop Paying for Cruel Tests on Animals in China
“Avon used to be a stalwart on PETA’s list of companies that never tested on animals. But in 2012, PETA exposed that some formerly cruelty-free cosmetics manufacturers, including Avon, had quietly changed their policies and were paying for tests on animals in order to sell their products in China.”
Please read more and sign and share the petition
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/772/469/168/ – Rabbits are not the only focus of this petition. Other animals are also included who suffer terribly from cruel and unnecessary testing of cosmetics in China .
Again greed has replaced morality as former test free Avon capitalise on the Chinese market. It never ceases to amaze me how money is so corruptive, it seems many people will do anything to get more and more wealth, profit is all they care about. Avon is a highly successful business, surely they have made more than sufficient money and are now one of the foremost suppliers of cosmetics, yet still they want more even if some helpless defenceless animal has to pay the price with a life of suffering.
More ways to help rabbits.
Warning this will break your heart
Bunnies Need Your Help
This article discusses the cruel treatment meted out to rabbits and ways you can help to get it stopped.
http://www.peta2.com/blog/bunnies-need-help/ Many of you will find the graphics and videos very disturbing.
Look at this shocking picture from the article, it looks like a cannulas has been fitted in this poor little rabbit, for what reason I cannot imagine. I cannot find other pictures or more information relating to this being done to rabbits. I have never heard of a cannulas fitted to a rabbit, it is a cruel contraption which is fitted to a cow and acts as a porthole-like device that allows access to the rumen in order to perform research and analysis of the digestive system .
I wrote an article about it here: https://rantingsfromavirtualsoapbox.wordpress.com/2014/02/26/shocking-animal-abuse-agroscope-fit-cows-with-portholes-to-test-digestion/ Shocking for cows shocking for rabbits.
This is horrific in the extreme, an invasive test, a vile abuse as are all the abuses shown in the article. Makes me feel sick inside. It is Suffering unimaginable. It reminds me of the following quotation.
We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form. ~
William Ralph Inge, Outspoken Essays, 1922
Only a cruel callous mind and yes I am going to say wicked mind could have devised such a hideous contraption to insert into the body of living feeling sentient being.