Animal Testing : Rabbit
These cute little animals are killed for meat and fur and used for animal testing and kept as pets.
Rabbits at Fur Industry
The majority of animals used for fur live on fur factory farms. The most farmed fur-bearing animal is the mink. Other animals used for fur include rabbits, foxes, chinchillas, raccoons, beavers and lynxes. Most fur farms can be found in Europe. The animals are kept in very small cages which causes a lot of emotional and physical stress. They are fed meat by-products considered unfit for human consumption. Water is provided by a nipple system which often freezes in the winter.
Millions of rabbits are slaughtered for meat each year, especially in countries like China, Spain and Italy. Rabbit fur used to be a by-product of this meat industry where rabbits are killed when they are just 10-12 weeks old. However, the fur industry now demands the thicker pelt of an older animal and almost no fur comes from the slaughterhouses anymore.
The killing methods on fur factory farms are gruesome. Small animals may be put into boxes and poisoned with the hot engine exhaust from a truck. This method doesn't always kill them and some animals are skinned alive. Larger animals have clamps applied to their mouths and rods inserted into their anuses and are electrocuted. Other common methods are gassing, neck-snapping and decompression chambers.
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Rabbits for Testing
Millions of animals are tortured and killed each year in laboratories. Animals used for vivisection (the practice of experimenting on animals) include rabbits, mice, rats, monkeys, dogs, cats, birds, frogs, sheep and cattle.
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Many animal experiments are not only horrible for the animals, but also very unreliable. There are enormous physiological variations among rabbits, dogs, pigs and humans for instance. In 1989 a study was done to determine the carcinogenicity of fluoride. During a period of two years, daily doses of fluoride were given to about 520 rats and 520 mice. Not a single mouse was adversely affected by the fluoride, but the rats experienced health problems like cancer of the mouth and bone. This study shows how test data cannot be accurately extrapolated from one species to another.
- The National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the United States: they are the worlds largest funder of animal experiments.
- The military: tests include radiation experiments, studies on the effects of chemical warfare and wound experiments
- Private institutions and companies: many household products and cosmetics are still squirted into the animals' eyes, pumped into their stomachs, rubbed onto their skins or forced to inhale.
- Agricultural companies: experiment are performed on cattle, sheep, chickens, pigs and turkeys to try to get them to produce more milk, wool, eggs or meat.
Drugs like thalidomide, Zomax and DES were all tested on animals and judged safe but had devastating consequences for the humans who used them. More than half of the prescription drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration between 1976 and 1985 were withdrawn from the market or relabeled because of the serious side effects they had on humans. They had all been tested on animals.
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) reports that sophisticated non-animal research methods are more accurate, less expensive and less time-consuming than traditional animal-based research methods.
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Pets : Rabbit
Rabbits are very popular pets. However, they are often bought on a whim and many rabbits are neglected, dumped at shelters or let loose in the wild, where most won't survive. They are often bought in pet stores where you can find bunnies as young as 4 weeks old. Most people aren't familiar with the specific needs of rabbits, who are very social and need a lot of attention, require specific foods, stimulating environments and aren't suitable companions for young children..
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