The Dark Side of Rabbit Island

Firstly and most importantly please do not let the information below put you off visiting rabbit island and taking with you food for the estimated 1000 rabbits who live thereIf Tourists stop coming, the rabbits will starve. Take as much green veggies as you can, even a bag or two of hay which is a vital part of a rabbit’s diet and which they lack at rabbit Island. You can find out more about this and other ways to help further down.

Rabbit Island has been described as a Japanese holiday resort for bunnies but the truth is far less ideal as the rabbits struggle to survive.  Domestic rabbits live about 10 years while rabbits on Rabbit Island live at most only a couple of years or less as they succumb to hunger, disease injury and and neglect. 

Recently videos about Japan’s Rabbit Island called in Japan  Okunoshima have been gaining popularity on the internet and the island is a popular tourist destination for anyone visiting Japan. To many people rabbit island is thought of as a paradise for rabbits when in fact the truth is very different.

Most of the videos taken on the island show adorable rabbits who are seemingly very friendly and unafraid of humans whom they descend upon in great numbers. However first impressions can be very deceptive. These rabbits are in fact desperately hungry and thirsty for food and water the tourists have for them, because this is the only nourishment they will get. Without the tourists the rabbits would die of starvation. However even with the help of tourists they are malnourished as the food available, pellets and cabbage, is not healthy for them and their availability is irregular.

Here is the truth about rabbit island

Please watch the following videos which are a bit of an eye opener as the reality of rabbit island is presented to you.

The Dark, Twisted Truth About Rabbit Island Japan.

“Follow me on my journey to rabbit island, also known as Okunoshima in Japan. Here, I discover that not everything is as cute as it seems!

While I’m at a loss for how to solve the problem, the following links contain contact information you may be able to direct your feedback & grievances to:

1)  https://www.jaws.or.jp/about01/about04/   – Animal Welfare Group in Japan

2) https://www.env.go.jp/en/moemail/ – Email feedback for Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan

3) http://visithiroshima.net/contact.html – Hiroshima Prefecture Contact


4) https://www.japantimes.co.jp/contact-us/ 
– Japan Times Newspaper

If you have any possible solutions or work with animal rights groups in Japan, please let me know.”

Read more:
https://youtu.be/mP6LHPIW12M   – Click SHOW MORE

The truth about rabbit island

“Okunoshima or Usagi Shima (うさぎ島, “Rabbit Island”) is an island off the coast of Japan which is home to hundreds of feral rabbits. I visited this island in summer 2018 hoping to have a lovely time but as a bunny mom I was shocked to find many of the rabbits were sick and dying.

“Here is my documentary showing the island for what it truly is. Apologies for the way it was filmed. It was all done on my iphone so the quality won’t be amazing.

There were also children mistreating the rabbit on the island. Pushing them around and being rough with them while their parents laughed.
Many of the signs about the rabbits on the island were inaccurate, saying that rabbits were aggressive with sharp teeth and they would bite if people tried to pet them too much. Also signs saying they were wild rabbits and could not mix with domestic rabbits.”

Read more:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOgrmtTcUlQ

Please take the time to watch these videos which may be upsetting. Rabbits are shown with injuries infections and illnesses including tumours and abscesses which are untreated. Many are severely malnourished. Water bowls are empty and in the cases where they are not what little water there is is dirty. Clearly these animals receive no veterinary care or are even provided with their basic needs: Food and clean water. During winter or days when it rains, which is quite often in Japan, and few tourists visit, the bunnies starve. Rabbits require food everyday, all day, otherwise they become ill with a condition called Gastro Intestinal stasis , a fatal illness if veterinary care is not given within about twelve hours. You can see obvious signs of malnutrition in the above videos.

As you can see all is not what it seems, rabbit island is a not a happy sanctuary for happy bunnies where their every need is met, where there are no predators and their lives can be lived free as wild rabbits should. But therein lies part of the problem, these are not wild rabbits, though they live in the wild they are nonetheless domesticated rabbits who where either let free from the chemical experimentation factory on the island where in 1929 the army brought rabbits to  to test the effectiveness of the poison gas or they where bought here by school children and released. The truth of the matter is not clear, however regardless of the circumstances of their arrival on the island their present situation is dire. Though the rabbits live in the wild they are domesticated so they have not the instinct of a wild rabbit to survive, many do not know how to dig borrows and many have no shelter. However even more serious is the fact that there is no natural food on the island. No grass or other nutritious wild plants. The bunnies depend solely on tourists feeding them, mostly the pellets that are sold over on the mainland at the ferry port. There is no food for sale on the Island and no suitable green vegetables or hay, which is the main staple of a rabbits diet, for sale at the the ferry port. Unless visitors have purchased vegetables and hay before arriving at the port, and from what I can see by watching the many videos most people buy and take over only the pellets, the rabbits hardly ever have fresh food and hay.

With some changes rabbit island could be the rabbit paradise many claim it to be. Surely hay, fresh food, clean water could all be provided  along with a ranger or some kind of caretaker looking after the bunnies reporting any sick and injured animals with veterinary staff on hand to monitor the health and well being of the island’s rabbits. If funding this is a problem, maybe this can be resolved by making a small charge to tourists and also selling suitable food including hay on the island. With a store of food for times when there are less tourists.  

Ways to help

If you are planning to make a trip to Rabbit Island please try and bring as much fresh vegetables, such as leafy greens, as you can and hay which should make up 85% of a rabbits diet. Buy before you arrive at the port as you cannot purchase anything there other than cabbage and pellets which is not a healthy diet for rabbits and no food at all is available on the island.

In addition to the links included underneath the first video which I will repeat further down, you might want to try contacting the following:

Try writing to PETA Asia, send links to the videos above and explain the situation. Even if you have no experience of rabbit Island yourself you can still write and refer to these videos and ask for PETAs help in bringing an end to this neglect.

PETA Asia

https://www.petaasia.com/

Contact https://www.petaasia.com/about/contact-us/  you will see several options this is the one I would chose:
https://www.petaasia.com/about/contact-us/report-cruelty-to-animals/

Send PETA Asia a tweet, include links to the films.

https://twitter.com/petaasia?lang=en

This is the Official website of Rabbit island which shows a very different picture to prospective tourists. Maybe contact them with your comments:
http://rabbit-island.info/en/

Contact information from the first video

Please be polite, abusive communications do nothing to help and may even make matters worse.

The following links contain contact information you may be able to direct your feedback & grievances to:

1) https://www.jaws.or.jp/about01/about04/    – Animal Welfare Group in Japan


2) https://www.env.go.jp/en/moemail/ 
– Email feedback for Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan

(According to this article https://allthatsinteresting.com/rabbit-island-okunoshima rabbit-island is part of Japan’s National Park Resort system in the middle of the Seto Inland Sea of Japan which comes under the ministry of the environment.)

3) http://visithiroshima.net/contact.html  – Hiroshima Prefecture Contact

4) https://www.japantimes.co.jp/contact-us/  – Japan Times Newspaper

If you have any possible solutions or work with animal rights groups in Japan, please let me know.

Updates to this web page will be provided whenever they become available.

If you have an other ideas please share them.

 

 

 

Take Action For Angora Rabbits

Below is a guest post by the animal and human rights activist and supporter of free software Luis Leonel.

THEY SCREAM IN PAIN

Every three months, angora rabbits are dragged out of tiny, filthy cages and their fur is violently ripped out as they scream in pain.

Please tell international retailer TJX—the parent company of T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods, and others—to stop selling angora immediately.

https://support.peta.org/page/6485/action/1?utm_source=PETA::E-Mail&utm_medium=E-News&utm_campaign=0818::skn::PETA::E-Mail::Rabbits%20Scream%20As%20Fur%20Is%20Torn%20Out%20for%20TJ%20Maxx::::peta%20e-news&ea.url.id=114550

More Action to help rabbits: Please Urge Online Retailer Zulily to Stop Selling Angora

Please speak out for helpless rabbits who suffer horrendously as their fur is ripped from their bodies.

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Please send a message to online retailer Zulily which continues to sell angora despite having heard from PETA and their supporters that rabbits are often tied down and scream in pain as their fur is torn out. It is time Zulily joined the  230 companies that have already banned angora-including fellow QVC Group subsidiary QVC, Gap Inc., Lands’ End, H&M, Inditex, Express, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, and many others.

If all retailers stop selling Angora this cruelty will end. Please help PETA’s campaign to urge Zulily’s to stop supporting this cruelty and discontinue it’s sale of clothing and accessories made from angora. 

Please support the following campaign from PETA by sending a message to Zulily’s

“Why would anyone want to wear clothing or accessories made with fur from tortured rabbits? Zulily, an online retailer that sells clothing, toys, and home products around the world, continues to do just that—despite learning from PETA that rabbits are abused to obtain angora wool.”

Please read more and send the message. Edit if you can and use your own words, but if this is not possible for some reason simply send the message as it is. Please be polite.

Urge Online Retailer Zulily to Stop Selling Angora:

http://www.peta.org/action/action-alerts/zulily-angora/?utm_campaign=021017%20peta%20e-news&utm_source=peta%20e-mail&utm_medium=e-news  – scroll down to send the message.

Other Action

Please send them a Tweet:
https://twitter.com/zulily?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

Please also comment on facebook:
https://en-gb.facebook.com/zulily/

Further information

Please click the following link to read more about the cruelty of the angora trade and sign a pledge never to wear angora

A Look Inside the Angora Rabbit Wool Industry

After watching this video, you’ll never buy Angora again.

Warning: Distressing images which will most definitely upset many people – if you are a normal caring compassionate person that is, sadly there are many people who care only for profit at the expense of animals and are prepared to overlook such vile atrocities as the cruelty behind Angora. 

“The undercover footage, shot by PETA Asia, reveals routine cruelty to angora rabbits, whose long, soft fur is often used in sweaters and accessories. The investigator filmed workers who were violently ripping the fur from the animals’ sensitive skin as they screamed at the top of their lungs in pain. After this terrifying and barbaric ordeal, which the rabbits endure every three months, many of them appeared to go into severe shock. After two to five years, those who have survived are hung upside down, their throats are slit, and their carcasses are sold.

Rabbits who have their fur cut or sheared also suffer: During the cutting process, their front and back legs are tightly tethered—a terrifying experience for any prey animal—and the sharp cutting tools inevitably wound them as they struggle desperately to escape.”

Continue reading and sign the pledge.
https://secure.peta.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=5171

Please share widely – With with all the turmoil throughout the world we should never forget the ongoing plight of animals who desperately need our help.

Rabbit Petitions

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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.

 

Petition 1

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
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/655/600/590/

Petition 2

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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.

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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.

 

Simon’s Supports Cruelty to Animals: Please Sign Petition.

 

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Below is a guest post by the animal and human rights activist and supporter of free software Luis Leonel

SIMONS SUPPORTS CRUELTY TO ANIMALS

“Why would anyone want to wear clothing or accessorize a home with products containing wool or fur that has been ripped from the animals’ skin?,” asks PETA.

LA MAISON SIMONS, commonly known as SIMONS, a fashion retailer in CANADA based in the province of QUEBEC, will reply that many people want to because it continues to sell clothing and home accessories made of fur and angora wool from RABBITS WHO SCREAMED IN PAIN AND TERROR AS WORKERS RIPPED THE FUR OUT OF THEIR SKIN WHILE ALIVE EVERY THREE MONTHS. After several years, the rabbits who will survive this ordeal will be hung upside down and their throats be slit.

Please sign and share the petition to urge Fashion Retailer Simons to halt fur and angora sales.
http://www.peta.org/action/action-alerts/urge-fashion-retailer-simons-halt-fur-angora-sales/?utm_campaign=031816%20PETA%20E-News&utm_source=PETA%20E-Mail&utm_medium=E-News

And don’t forget to message Simons and comment on its Facebook and Twitter pages.

Simons website
http://www.simons.ca/simons/

Simons on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/simons.ca

Simons on Twitter
https://twitter.com/simons_eng

 

Please Help Cats and Dogs in China

Warning horrific images

Dog and cat fur used for bags, toys and clothes in China.

Please sign the following petition

Animal Equality have recently launched a groundbreaking investigation into the dog and cat fur trade in China and what they have discovered is heartbreaking:

In China dogs and cats are being killed and skinned alive and their fur is being used to make toys and clothes. 

Petition

Please help bring an end to this atrocity by signing a simple petition:

Ask the Chinese government to eradicate this cruel trade by visiting Animal Equality’s website and signing their petition now:
http://voicelessfriends.org     

There are more actions you can take further down to stop the fur trade. Please take as many actions as you can.

Please help cats and dogs today.

Please share this petition widely.

Important Please Read

If you have watched the video you will notice rabbits are among the animals who are violently thrown from the truck.

Please keep in mind that although the focus of this campaign is on cats and dogs, a much loved and cared for pet by many of us both here in the west and in China, the fur trade is still a modern-day evil regardless of the species of the animals who are killed to produce any product, be it toys or fur coats. Any animal’s fur belongs to the animal, whether it is a cat, dog, rabbit, fox, mink or whatever, it is as simple as that. Killing another sentient being regardless of species for his or her fur is a heinous crime and should be banned world-wide.

More information and other actions you can take to stop the fur trade in  China.

China’s Shocking Fur Trade  – Take PETA’s pledge to be fur-free today!
http://action.peta.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=5&ea.campaign.id=1537

Support Last Chance for Animal’s campaign against China’s cruel cat and dog slaughter. Action write to the Chinese Embassy
http://lcanimal.org/index.php/campaigns/fur/chinas-cat-a-dog-fur-trade

The above only includes the address of the Chinese embassy in the USA.

If you do not live in the USA you can find the address of your country’s Chinese Embassy Here:
http://embassy.goabroad.com/embassies-of/china

 

Rabbits: Their Neglect and Abuse

“If you ask any RSPCA officer which animal they feel most sorry for, it’s usually the poor, forgotten rabbit sitting in a tiny hutch without the proper food, or any food at all, and some dirty water. It might once have been loved for a brief time by some child, but it has quickly been forgotten and it’s a very sad sight that I have seen countless times.”
RSPCA Officer *1

Did you know that rabbits are the most neglected pet here in the UK and no doubt many other countries worldwide?

Firstly I would like to introduce you to Patch who was one of three Rabbits we adopted.

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My family and I cared for him for two and a half years, he was a house rabbit and part of our family. On March 18th Patch died after suffering a long illness during which he needed intensive care and attention. He is sadly missed, the house and garden where he enjoyed foraging and sunbathing seem empty without him. You can read about Patch on his memorial page on my website:
http://think-differently-about-sheep.com/a_memorial_to_patch.htm

Patch was an affectionate, intelligent and mischievous creature, aware of himself and the world around him including those who cared for him. In other words he was a sentient being who like you or I or your cat or dog experienced both pain and pleasure, had his likes and dislikes and a personality all of his own. He loved to be stroked and fussed and communicated this need by lying in the flat position you see in the above photo. He loved his probiotic pellets and all you had to do was shake the box and he came running. Though people may say we imagined this and are anthropomorphising I am in no doubt that he was pleased to see us when we arrived home after being out for some time. This was most evident on the occasion that the car broke down and we did not arrive home until very late, his delight at seeing us was obvious. He would sulk and look indignant after having something done he did not like, such as the administration of eardrops. He listened to you when you talked to him.

The following picture shows this quite clearly, he often looked at us in this way when we talked to him or when judging our reactions. Yes he knew we were communicating with him, there is to my mind no doubt about that.

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The Neglect and Abuse of Rabbits

Looking after the Patch during his illness was an exhausting and worrying experience that brought to my attention the suffering of these gentle creatures who are the third most popular pet here in the UK, though I refer the term companion animal. Without our intervention Patch like many rabbits would have died in agony alone abandoned in a hutch, his suffering unnoticed. Through care and medical intervention his life was extended by two years and when the time came that his medicine was no longer effective he was humanely put to sleep. As you will read in the link above Patch suffered with Gastro intestinal (GI) Stasis which in his case was the result of a swelling in his intestine which at first was thought to be benign but which was nonetheless causing soreness and putting him into stasis. GI stasis is a common condition in rabbits in its own right or as sign of an underlying less obvious condition. In either case unless treated immediately within twelve hours or less it becomes life threatening therefore veterinary treatment is required urgently. GI stasis without veterinary care not only has fatal consequences it is an extremely painful way to die. If during the course of GI stasis the unfortunate rabbit gets bloat his stomach may fill with gas or liquid and burst. Consequently many rabbits abandoned in hutches at the bottom of someone’s garden will die an agonising death alone and uncared for.

Rabbits are often brought for a demanding child as though the poor creature were some animated toy, the child soon looses interest and the parents can’t be bothered beyond providing water and food – that is if the unfortunate rabbit is lucky. Many are simply let loose, dumped at the local sanctuary or killed.

Below is a typical hutch, were a rabbit will spend his or her life alone, most do not have a companion.

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I have seen three rabbits in a hutch not much bigger than this.

“Treacle is a Rex rabbit, this is an average sized rabbit, not a giant.
Her body fills the whole living area of the hutch. She certainly can’t stretch and run freely, and there are no toys, food bowl, hay rack in here.”

Read More
http://www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk/reality-of-small-hutches.htm – lots of good advice about the care of rabbits. I though have to say in my opinion the ideal situation is to look after your rabbit as a house rabbit with access to the garden which includes a large hutch for when he or she wants a bit of quiet time outside as did Patch from time to time. More information about house rabbits: House Rabbit Society http://rabbit.org/

For many rabbits here in this wooden confinement like the one above he or she will remain alone in all weathers day after day, sweltering and subject to the horrors of fly strike in the summer and the rigours of bitter cold and damp in the winter until one day the negligent owner opens the hutch to feed the rabbit only to find him or her dead from a mysterious illness which is only mysterious as a result of ignorance and neglect. Fly strike is a horrific way for an animal to end his or her life as flies lay eggs in the fur and the resulting maggots eat away at the flesh until the poor creature dies of blood poisoning. There are many painful diseases that afflict rabbits which if ignored or missed results in a painful and prolonged death.

Rabbits, who are by nature pry animals, do not show their illness, they hide it so not to make themselves easy pry. This has not changed as a result of domestication and it is difficult to tell when a rabbit needs attention unless you have learned to know the signs. For example with GI stasis a rabbit will be lethargic not eating or drinking and will stop defecating. This may happen gradually with droppings getting smaller and less frequent or occur suddenly without warming and there will be no droppings at all. As a result of ignorance and neglect – to not educate yourself about your companion animal is to my way of thinking neglect- many rabbits die a painful death.

Despite their popularity rabbits are probably amongst the most neglected of the animals we humans have domesticated purely for our own satisfaction and pleasure regardless to the suffering that such domestication often entails.

It is time the law was improved regarding our responsibility to the animals we bring into our homes as so-called pets. Though there are of course laws, these laws are rarely enforced, particularly where rabbits and other small mammals such as rodents are concerned.

Do you know that here in the UK you have a legal obligation to take your animal to a vet, whether he or she is a dog, cat, rabbit or guinea pig,or whatever, species, size and or intelligence is irrelevant?

It may surprise those of you who appreciate rabbits as sentient beings that many people do not take a rabbit to the vet considering that this is not necessary or required? A neighbour once said to me “You don’t take rabbits to the vet” I knew what she meant and was tempted to resort to a sarcastic reply along the lines of “Wow I didn’t know that rabbits don’t get ill, ?” Not to question such nonsense is the height of ignorance and is neglectful and cruel. One dog owner worried about vet bills for the dog but never gave the same worry to the rabbit. Why? Rabbits like your dog or cat get ill, they suffer pain and fear just like your cat and dog and like these more pampered pets need veterinary care as do hamsters and other small furies who in the main are equally neglected.

A recent conversation at the local supermarket greatly disturbed my husband and I. The cashier after looking horrified that the herbs we were buying were for our rabbit – after all the rabbit usually gets old wilted leftovers if he or she is lucky – went on to tell us about her sister whose child had pestered for a hamster and soon got bored once the novelty had worn off and thereafter left the care of this tiny defenceless creature to her mother who openly said she hated the hamster and wanted him to die. The cashier went on to say how the hamster was now sick and her sister hoped he would soon die. No she was not going to take the poor creature to the vet. This story haunted me and still does. I told her she should tell her sister to take the animal to the vet that the poor animal was most likely in pain, but not knowing who these people were, not even a name there was nothing I could do.

There are I am sure many similar situations and far worse.

A lady known for her love of rabbits once told me that you should never give away your unwanted baby rabbits or any rabbit to anyone for free as people will take them and use them for all manner of unimaginable cruelty and intentional abuse. Also with this in mind you should really not leave a rabbit in a hutch were he or she can be seen by passersby as this makes them an easy target for theft.

Shocking how wicked people are. As cruelty and inhumanity have been around a long time, the laws of a civilised society need to do more to protect animals from such vile people.

There needs to be laws that prevent any one and everyone from walking into a pet shop and buying a rabbit or other animal including cats and dogs. Back street breeding should be outlawed for a start off, along with the sale of rabbits and other animals on-line or in newspaper adverts. Animals should not be sold as a commodity in pet shops but rather adopted from sanctuaries where the prospective owner or guardian – I prefer the term guardian as no one has the right to own another living being – is checked out for suitability by a home visit before adoption is allowed to take place and that periodic inspections continue thereafter.

Read about the reality of the pet trade:

Pet Shops: No Bargain for Animals
http://www.peta.org/issues/companion-animal-issues/companion-animals-factsheets/pet-shops-bargain-animals/

Pet Shops
http://www.peta.org/issues/companion-animal-issues/pet-trade/pet-shops/

Time for new Laws
http://www.onekind.org/take_action/campaigns/pet_origins/time_for_new_laws/

The situation is similar worldwide. Indeed it is time for new laws and tighter regulation but the ideal as always is a cessation of the pet trade and the breeding of animals to sell in pet shops, on-line or back street breeders. Pets should only be obtained from a registered sanctuary or rescue.

It concerns me greatly whenever I go into a pet shop and see these defenceless creatures for sale, openly exposed under bright lights to the gaze of prying eyes – rabbits need places to hide from view. Even more worrying is the fact that anyone over the age of 18, sometimes younger,  can go to the counter and buy a rabbit, a guinea pig or other small fury as one would go and buy a bag of sweets or other inanimate item. The defenceless animal has no say in his or her fate, shoved into a pet carrier he or she is taken to who knows where by who knows who for whatever purpose the purchaser desires and no one is the wiser. The rabbit may be fortunate and go to a caring forever home or he may end up abused and neglected with his life expectation likely much shorter or even willfully abused.

Action to Take

Unfortunately there are few petitions currently available which goes to show how little rabbits are thought of. Though this does not imply that many rabbit organisations and charities are not struggling to change things for rabbits and have at times petitioned governments and other authorities to take action, but sadly it seems with little success.

Here are some ideas for actions you can take to help rabbits.

Visit Action for rabbits

“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. We should re-evaluate the ways in which we have traditionally kept pet rabbits and start providing them with what we know they need to lead healthy and happy lives.”

One of the main causes is a widespread lack of understanding of their basic needs.

Help educate people by sharing posters such as the poster below and other education resources

This poster along with 24 others can be accessed from the home page of Action for Rabbits

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http://www.actionforrabbits.co.uk/index.html – click the bright pink button on the rabbit photo on the right.

or click here: http://www.actionforrabbits.co.uk/posters.html

 

More posters and advice:
Rabbits Require Rights:
http://rabbitsrequirerights.webs.com/
Help to change the law by taking the following actions

Please sign the following petitions – all the petitions including the one to the Scottish parliament may be signed by anyone one worldwide.

Scottish Parliament & the UK Government as a whole: Implement urgent (pet) Rabbit Specific Welfare Laws in the UK
https://www.change.org/p/scottish-parliament-the-uk-government-as-a-whole-implement-urgent-pet-rabbit-specific-welfare-laws-in-the-uk  – Though most of the comments are old the petition is active, please help it get more signatures by signing now.

Please at least sign the above petition but if you have time read through the suggestions for improvement in the welfare laws included in the petition description, such as No pet Shop Sales, No unregulated Breeding, No inadequate housing, no isolation, no suffering.

Below is the link to the Scottish parliament which is included in the above but which you may well miss if you have not scrolled down the web page far enough.
http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/GettingInvolved/Petitions/PE01561

Help improve rabbit protection in Australia:
https://www.change.org/p/australian-government-chi-s-legacy-include-the-protection-of-pet-rabbits-in-animal-welfare-laws-in-australia

Related Links

Abandoned rabbits – it’s worse than we thought
https://www.pressdispensary.co.uk/releases/c993542/Abandoned-rabbits—its-worse-than-we-thought-.html

Welfare of rabbits: the need for a suitable environment
http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/welfare-of-rabbits-the-need-for-a-suitable-environment

Not all humans are cruel to rabbits, here is a story with a happy ending for a brave rabbit called Ronnie:
http://www.care2.com/causes/ronnie-the-runaway-rabbit-escapes-factory-farm-hell.html

The Rabbit welfare problem
http://www.campnibble.com/welfare.html

Reference quote 1
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/may/21/pet-rabbits-cruelly-neglected-mistreated

Urge BCBG MAX AZRIA to Stop selling angora and Fur

Below is a guest post by the animal and human rights activist Luis Leonel

American Fashion company  BCBG MAX AZRIA refuses to stop selling angora and fur despite knowing that many animals used in these vile industries are stripped of their fur and skins while they are still fully conscious.
 
 
Shocking undercover footage of China’s angora wool industry—where about 90 percent of the world’s angora comes from—shows workers tying rabbits down and violently ripping their fur out by the fistful.

BCBG also sells fur from Asiatic raccoons ( also known as raccoon dogs ) – animals who are often slammed to the ground and beaten on fur farms.Video footage shows one skinned animal who is still alive and who musters the strength to lift her bloody face up to look at the camera. These animals, along with foxes and other fur-bearing animals, suffer and die so that BCBG can turn their fur into vests, collars, and scarves.

BCBG Max Azria’s 2014 Holiday Collection!

Warning Shocking images of animal cruelty

Official BCBG MAX AZRIA website.

http://www.bcbg.com/    – Please consider telephoning or e-mailing BCBG MAX AZRIA and ask them to stop stop selling angora and fur.
 
phone at 877.707.2224 or by email at guestservices@us.bcbg.com.
or send thme a Tweet
Official BCBG MAX AZRIA page on Twitter.
Official BCBG MAX AZRIA page on Facebook.

Please Take Action to Help Rabbits

Rabbits it seems are among the most mistreated of animals, from cosmetic testing to live plucking of Angora rabbits in China, to factory farmed rabbits in tiny barren cages who suffer unimaginable pain and misery.

Today I would like you to please take action concerning the factory farming of rabbits in Europe.

Watch the video from Compassion in World Farming, it will break you heart.

Warning: This video contains scenes of a distressing nature


Please sign the petition

Through the summer of 2014, Compassion’s Investigation Unit operated undercover in 16 separate rabbit farms throughout Italy, Greece, Czech Republic, Poland and Cyprus. What they found was appalling.

Time and again, our team found unspeakable welfare conditions, the most barren environments imaginable, and hotbeds for disease, dependent on the routine use of antibiotics just to keep animals alive.

Read More and sign the Petition:
http://action.ciwf.org.uk//ea-action/action?ea.client.id=119&ea.campaign.id=32239&ea.tracking.id=1174f49c&utm_campaign=cageage&utm_source=shared&utm_medium=link  Important: this petition can be signed by anyone anywhere in the world.

Eye witness accounts:

Italy

Just a machine, each doe is pulled from its cage for a few seconds to be inseminated artificially. She’s still rearing her un-weaned young but the next litter is already being planned out. By the end of the investigation I realised this was the only time the does spend outside of their cages. Their production charts show they’ve been here for 2 years –across the shed the males have been cage-bound for 4 years.

They produce big litter sizes but with an inherent ability to be unable to look after them all – resulting in as many as 6 baby rabbits being culled from a litter of 16.

Greece

For these rabbits, it’s a life encased in wire. But I shouldn’t call it a life really. It’s a three-month existence. An existence that takes away from these young animals everything that makes life worth living. What brief moments they get outside of their cages consist only of rough handling as they are moved between cages. The only fresh air they will ever breathe is on the drive to the slaughterhouse. The last time they’re lifted out of a cage it’s by a worker at the slaughterhouse; grabbing them by their ears and shoving them head first into an electrical stunner before having their throats cut.

More information including more eye witness accounts:
http://www.ciwf.org.uk/our-campaigns/investigations/rabbit-investigations/the-biggest-secret-of-the-cage-age/

Please note as a vegan and an animal rights activist I am an abolitionist and would therefore prefer to see an end to the farming of animals for their meat and other derivatives. However  I occasionally sign Compassion in World Farming’s petitions because any improvement in the conditions for farmed animals, particularly in such dire circumstances as appalling as those in these European farms, is a positive move in the right direction.

Want to do more

Join the campaign to end the Cage Age:
https://ciwf.e-activist.com/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=119&ea.campaign.id=32141&ea.tracking.id=2d57aea1 I am not certain but I think anyone anywhere, not just the EU countries, may join the End the Cage Age campaign which requires only that you enter your e-mail address.

Go Vegan
I have to say again that while improving conditions is a positive step towards a better life for animals the ideal situation is to STOP eating meat or consuming any other animal derivatives and go vegan.

Anyone wishing to go vegan may find this useful:
http://features.peta.org/how-to-go-vegan/

Please take as many of the suggested actions as you can and share share share

You could write to your EMPs

Contact Your EMPs:
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meps/en/search.html?country=DE

Agricultural Minister, Dacian Cioloş :
http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/ciolos/contact/commissioner/index_en.htm

http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/ciolos/

A word about petitions – Actions can be successful

Never think it is a waste of time signing petitions, writing letters and e-mail. Such actions often have the desired effect and bring about changes that would otherwise not take place.

Here is the latest example.

Last year a campaign by PETA and similar animal rights groups concerning the live plucking of Angora rabbits was very successful with many clothing retailers stopping the sale of Angora.

Unfortunately French Connection recently resumed selling Angora in its stores.That is until a successful campaign by PETA and other activists changed their minds. In fact I was about to include details of the campaign here again today but as I was about to publish I saw this great news:

Thank FCUK! French Connection Listens to YOU, Drops Angora

JUST IN: French Connection has announced that it is ending the use of angora in the production of its clothing and accessories with immediate effect. This is wonderful news for rabbits, and for everyone who believes in compassionate fashion!

This victory comes after more than 100,000 compassionate people flooded the store with emails, tweets and Facebook messages asking it to stop supporting cruelty to rabbits, who often have the hair torn from their bodies as they scream in pain on Chinese angora farms.

Please read more
http://blog.peta.org.uk/2014/10/thank-fcuk-french-connection-listens-drops-angora/

So you see every signature, every share on facebook and twitter, every letter and e-mail makes a difference.

Pleases sign the above petition, it is quite simple and requires only entering a few details.

 

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: http://bit.ly/1tl7bPY 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:
http://www.mybeautybunny.com/becrueltyfree-calls-bunny-photos-highlight-cosmetics-testing-international-rabbit-day/   –  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

https://action.hsi.org/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=104&ea.campaign.id=18640&ea.tracking.id=FB_EAT

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:
http://bit.ly/MSDanimalhealth

Source: https://www.facebook.com/theBUAV?hc_location=timeline

This is the official MSD Animal Health website:
http://www.msd-animal-health.co.uk/ – You could also write a letter or send an e-mail:

MSD Animal Health
Walton Manor
Walton
Milton Keynes
Buckinghamshire
MK7 7AJ

Tel: +44 (0)370 060 3380

E-mail: vet-support.uk@merck.com

BUAV website:
http://www.buav.org/

This petition is directed to the president of China, asking them to stop cruel angora wool production:
http://www.change.org/p/president-xi-jinping-of-china-stop-torturing-angora-rabbits

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:
https://rantingsfromavirtualsoapbox.wordpress.com/2014/09/20/urge-french-connection-not-to-resume-selling-angora/

Petition: Justice for Percy! Shaved, Set Fire To, Thrown Out The Window! Demand Jail Time For The Culprits!
http://www.petitionhub.org/Justice-for-Percy-Shaved-Set-Fire-To-Thrown-Out-The-Window-Demand-Jail-Time-For-The-Culprits-t-318 – you don’t have to have a Facebook account to sign

Ask Brazil to end cosmetic testing:
https://action.hsi.org/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=104&ea.campaign.id=30517&ea.tracking.id=FB_EAT

UK government Petition – Ban the sale of Angora rabbit fur products in the UK
http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/57874

Petition Scottish Parliament & the UK Government as a whole: Implement urgent (pet) Rabbit Specific Welfare Laws in the UK
http://www.change.org/p/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:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/215/579/302/tell-ralph-lauren-to-stop-using-angora-rabbit-fur/

Petitioning Walter Robb
Please do not sell rabbit meat in any Whole Foods stores:
http://www.change.org/p/wholefoods-please-do-not-sell-rabbit-meat-in-your-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
http://www.celebratingrabbits.com/stories/mopsy.html – 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:
http://celebratingrabbits.com/stories/jasmine.html

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:
http://celebratingrabbits.com/stories/chester.html

More rabbit Stories from Celebrating Rabbits:
http://www.celebratingrabbits.com/stories/index.html

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.

http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/a_memorial_to_sooty.htm

http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/a_memorial_to_joey.htm

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

http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/Vegan_Rambles_2012.htm#Our_adopted_rabbits

Related Links

http://www.rabbittude.com/plan-ahead-for-international-rabbit-day-2014/

http://www.choosecrueltyfree.org.au/international-rabbit-day/

http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/September/rabbitday.htm