The owners of a rabbit-breeding operation in California who had been selling rabbits for fur, meat, and reptile food recently decided they no longer wanted the business and put their 83 remaining bunnies up for sale on the Internet, much like used products put up for sale on Craigslist.
As is often the case with animals used by breeders, the rabbits were living outside in filthy cages, which, according to one of the owners, hadn’t been cleaned in a year. Sitting on wire cage bottoms had caused sores to develop on the rabbits’ feet, and flies were swarming around them.
The rabbits were suffering from other medical issues, too, including tumors, overgrown claws, sores on their skin, hair loss, and respiratory problems. Some of the rabbits’ teeth were so severely overgrown that they had begun to curl back into their mouths, and according to officials, some rabbits were missing ears and toes.
When PETA learned about the situation, we quickly negotiated a low price with the breeders and bought the rabbits, one of whom was already lying dead in a cage.
The San Diego Humane Society and SPCA provided the animals with much-needed veterinary care. For probably the first time ever, the bunnies will be able to hop around on soft surfaces, NOT wire cage bottoms, and experience love and kindness.
Once the rescued rabbits have fully recovered, they will be available for adoption into homes where they can finally be seen as family members, not food or fur.
See the Heartwarming Rescue!
How You Can Help Bunnies
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 meat to choose from, going vegan is now easier than ever.
2. Ditch angora! After seeing PETA Asia’s undercover investigation footage, tons of companies, like H&M, Forever 21, Calvin Klein, and Tommy Hilfiger, stopped selling angora products in their stores. Angora is a type of rabbit fur, and it’s easy to avoid: Just check clothing labels before you buy, and remember that every dollar spent on an angora product directly supports bunnies’ suffering.
3. Adopt from a shelter. Never buy a rabbit or any other animal from a breeder or pet store. If you choose to adopt a bunny from a shelter, make sure you do your research on rabbit care and ensure that you have enough space, time, and money to care for the rabbit for the rest of his or her life.
4. Spread the word and speak out for bunnies! Share this post with your friends, and urge them never to buy from a breeder.