Loving rabbits is probably one of the most difficult things I've done because while I view them as companions, many people view them only as a source for food or fur and I know how much so many bunnies suffer as a result of this singular perspective of their purpose. When I see photos like this, I mostly think about how many potential 'friends' are suffering here, about how it's such a waste because those bunnies could probably make some people so happy with their goofy antics. About how it would be so nice if instead of being killed at such a young age, they could live a long life full of binkies and headpets and banana treats. I realize that sharing this photo doesn't change very much, but I felt I should share it anyway. I couldn't not actually. Especially this weekend. It's important to talk about this. Hug your bunnies today, friends. You're incredibly fortunate to have each other. 🐰❤️
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Each year, hundreds of millions of rabbits are factory farmed for their meat, fur, to have their bodies tested on, or to be sold as pets. We talk less about rabbits as a factory-farmed animal than other species, but the conditions for these animals are just as cruel as those faced by laying hens trapped in cages or breeding pigs kept in gestation crates.
The sheer scale of animal use industries is overwhelming, but every choice we make has a direct impact on animals. Choosing to eat more plant-based meals, to never wear fur, buy cruelty-free cosmetics, and to always adopt, are easy steps that everyone can take. No individual will solve this problem alone but we will never solve it as a society without individuals making compassionate choices.
Photo: Industrial rabbit farm. Spain, 2013.
Jo-Anne McArthur/Animal Equality
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