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PROFESSOR RABBIT

 
In the United States, rabbits do not enjoy all the special status that our companion dogs and cats do. While we do not eat dogs or cats, rabbits can be found as "cuisine" on restaurant menus. A few years ago, the retail buying public was horrified to discover that coats imported from Asia were lined with dog and cat fur yet rabbit fur can be found in many consumer items. Rabbit fur is made into earmuffs, bomber jackets, hats, purses, lining for gloves, trim for coats, and furry toys for companion cats.

What rabbits do share with dogs, cats, and other animals is the status of test subject. New Zealand white rabbits are the most widely used subject for the Draize Eye Irritancy Test (see below) because they are docile, have large eyes, and are easily obtained. Angora rabbits, prized for their fur that is sheared and spun into yarn, are "kept in such a way so as not to stain on mat the fur." They are described in terms such as "pet as producer" and their fur is "harvested." They are given feed formulated to produce "good wool" as opposed to ensure health and longevity.

To advocate for humane treatment of rabbits we must become educated about their plight and then take action.

RAISE A RUCKUS FOR THE RABBITS!

BUY CRUELTY FREE
Buy cruelty free cosmetics and cleaning products. Read the labels. Make sure that the product and none of the ingredients used to make the product were tested on animals. Do not contribute to charities that test on animals.

AVOID RABBIT "CUSINE"
Do not patronize restaurants or super markets that serve rabbit "cuisine" or sell rabbit meat. Restaurants that serve rabbit are typically European, especially French, or specialize in "game" but there are others.

AVOID RABBIT WOOL/ FUR PRODUCTS
Do not buy any item made from angora rabbit hair.  Rabbits endure inhumane confinement to avoid staining their fur or "wool."
Do not buy items made from rabbit fur. Juvenile rabbits, age 5 months to one year of age, are slaughtered because this is the age when their fur is the softest since they haven't fully developed guard hairs.

A RABBIT'S PLIGHT
A Slideshow by Amy Carpenter
(some graphic images)

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"But what would we most yearn for if we were locked away in dark little pens and stalls and ignored or shouted at and treated like garbage?  I for one would yearn most for the sun and the cool water and the breeze and fellowship of my kind. I would yearn to be seen, feeling that if others only saw me they would try to help."

Mathew Sculley - Dominion

EDUCATE YOURSELF ABOUT THE ISSUES: 

Anti-Cruelty :  pet store neglect, animal abusers

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HARE COURSING: Current Issues

Queensland, Australia confiscating all companion rabbits.  More infe:  Current Issues 

POM "Wonderful"  Vivisectors: Current Issues

Environmental:  SUMMER:  Rabbits left in hot cars 

Rabbits As "Meat"  Rabbits classifed as chickens by USDA to evade protection of the "Humane" Slaughter Act

In Defense of Animals has campaigns against practices that are detrimental to animals and fact sheets about them. Click here to learn more.



All Creatures  is another web sight that describes the exploitation of rabbits.  See http://www.all-creatures.org/anex/rabbit.html

SHARPEN YOUR SKILLS 
TO ADVOCATE FOR YOUR RABBIT'S FAMILY:

LETTER WRITING
 
We lagomorphs lovers are the only voice our beloved rabbits have so we must speak up for them. Here are some suggestions:

Write, call, e-mail, and fax your local, county, state, and federal representatives asking them to sponsor and support legislation improving the status and welfare of rabbits.
 
These links will help you wage an effective letter writing campaign to your local, state, and national representatives:

PETA's Guide To Writing Letters to Legislators and to the Editor: http://www.peta.org/actioncenter/letter-writing-guide.asp

Tips for writing your legislators: At Rabbit References, click on Care, Feeding, Tips, and then on "Write Letters."

UNDERSTAND & USE THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS

Review how a bill becomes a law so you can track the process/progress of a bill that you are interested in.


Enter your zip code in the sticker and click "Go" to identify your federal, state, and local congresspeople.

Call the U.S. Capital Switchboard: (202) 224-3121 to let your federal legislators' staffers know how you feel about rabbit/animal issues.

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Click on the Compassion Index sticker above to go to www.compassionindex.org, the Society for Animal Protective Legislation, and the American Humane Association online legislative tracking site called the Compassion Index (CI). The CI ranks Members of Congress on the level of compassion they do or do not show toward animal protection legislation. In addition to seeing how they vote on various important issues, you can see legislator bios and contact information.

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BECAUSE IT MATTERS



KINSHIP

by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I am the voice of the voiceless;
Through me the dumb shall speak,
Till the deaf world's ear be made to hear
The wrongs of the wordless weak.

From street, from cage and from kennel,
From stable and zoo, the wail
Of my tortured kin proclaims the sin
Of the mighty against the frail.

Oh, shame on the mothers of mortals
Who have not stopped to teach
Of the sorrow that lies in dear, dumb eyes,
The sorrow that has no speech.

The same force formed the sparrow
That fashioned man the king;
The God of the whole gave a spark of soul
To furred and to feathered thing.

And I am my brother's keeper,
And I will fight his fight,
And speak the word for beast and bird,
Till the world shall set things right.


Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1850-1919



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