Rabbits are totally adorable, social little animals. They love their families, just as we do! Many rabbit communities live together in extensive and complex underground burrows. Rabbits are also known for escaping predators by running in zig-zag formations in order to confuse and outsmart them, rather than trying to outrun them.

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Unfortunately, these kind and intelligent animals are exploited in horrible ways:

For Their Flesh

This fearful rabbit anxiously awaits slaughter.

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Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals 

This rabbit is hung upside down by one leg, and his or her neck is slit.

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© Jo-Anne McArthur – We Animals 

No lives are spared.

© Jo-Anne McArthur – We Animals 

After all the stress, fear, and torture that these vulernable animals endure, their bodies are turned into a product for human consumption.

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Rabbit Stew | Tom Hart | CC by 2.0 

For Fur

Angora rabbits are strapped down, and their fur is ripped out of their sensitive skin.

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Workers rip the fur out of this rabbit’s body. Rabbits used for angora must endure this torture about every three months.

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For Experiments

More than 241,000 rabbits are abused in U.S. laboratories every year. They often have harsh chemicals dripped into their eyes.

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And more invasive tests are conducted on them.

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They are tortured for cruel, archaic, and unnecessary tests.

For Entertainment

Rabbits given as gifts for Easter, used as props in photo shoots, or forced to perform in magic shows are often discarded and can end up in places like this:

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Rabbits are some of the most abused animals on the planet. Together, we can help them.

1. Don’t eat them. Rabbits feel fear, happiness, pain, and sadness, just as we do. And like all other animals, they value their lives and don’t want to be eaten. With tons of delicious alternatives to choose from, going vegan is now easier than ever. Check out our Guide to Going Vegan!

2. Ditch angora! After seeing PETA Asia’s undercover investigation footage, tons of companies like H&M, Forever 21, Calvin Klein, and Tommy Hilfiger have stopped selling angora products in their stores! Angora is easy to avoid: Just check clothing labels before you buy, and remember that every dollar spent on an angora product is directly supporting bunnies’ suffering.

3. Shop cruelty-free. Tons of companies that make cosmetics, cleaning supplies, and bath products do not test on animals. Check this out and sign up to get free cruelty-free pocket shopping guides to take with you the next time you hit up the drugstore!

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4. Adopt, don’t shop. Never buy a rabbit or any other animal from a breeder or pet store. If you choose to adopt a bunny, make sure you do your research and ensure that you have enough space, time, and money to care for the rabbit for the rest of his or her life.

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Lauri Rantala | Pentacon 1.8/50, Bunny f1.8 | CC by 2.0 

5. Spread the word and speak out for bunnies! Share this article with your friends.