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Like other animals farmed for their fur, rabbits slaughtered to become Wet Seal clothes are kept in tiny, filthy cages, surrounded by their own waste. They spend their entire miserable lives standing on thin wires, never having a chance to dig, jump, or play. To kill the rabbits, fur farmers break the animals’ necks or smash their skulls before stringing them up by their legs to cut off their heads. Other rabbits wait nearby as the animals are bludgeoned to death or even skinned alive.
A recent investigation into fur farms in China (which supplies more than half of the finished fur garments imported for sale in the United States) discovered shocking cruelty, including workers who were skinning animals alive, then throwing the still-conscious animals onto a pile of those who had gone before them. Some lay there dying for up to 10 minutes, still blinking, their hearts beating visibly beneath their exposed flesh. One skinned raccoon dog had enough strength left in his completely skinned body to lift his head and stare into the camera.
The globalization of the fur trade has made it impossible to know where fur products come from. Skins move through international auction houses and are purchased and distributed to manufacturers around the world, and the finished goods are then exported overseas. Even if a fur garment’s label says that it was made in a European country, the animals were likely raised and slaughtered elsewhere—possibly on an unregulated Chinese fur farm.
Rabbits are extremely social animals, living with their families in underground burrows called warrens. They can hop faster than a cat, human, or white-tailed deer can run. Rabbits love nibbling on alfalfa, timothy hay, apples, carrots, and crisp, green veggies, and they chew vigorously to trim their front teeth, which never stop growing. They communicate through body language, marking their territories like cats by rubbing their chins on twigs, rocks, or other landmarks. People who have adopted domestic rabbits from shelters know that they can be extremely affectionate, snuggling with their human companions and gently nuzzling their necks. Rabbits are sensitive, smart animals with individual personalities, just like dogs and cats. They make lifelong bonds with other rabbits and humans, play with toys, and can even learn to use litterboxes.
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