(c) Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade - CAFT
The killing of rabbits for their fur is the fastest growing part of the global fur trade, yet little is known
Around the world most systems of animal factory farming - such as battery hen cages, foie gras production, mink fur farming - have been the subject of detailed scientific studies, campaigns by animal rights groups and even government bans. Meanwhile, the factory farming of rabbits for their fur and flesh has received little attention .... until now.
The Coalition to Abolish the
Fur Trade (CAFT) have infiltrated and exposed this hideous trade. A trade where millions of rabbits are confined to bare wire cages, kept as breeding machines, their throats slit and their furs turned into boots, hats, gloves and trim for jackets.
Travelling across Europe, infiltrating rabbit farms, slaughterhouses, processors, manufacturers and retailers, CAFT can now expose the reality of the rabbit fur trade.
Rabbits are social animals who, in the wild, live in large groups and build complex warrens to live in. There's nothing more rabbits like to do than play, run, jump and groom one another. They are
intelligent creatures and can live up to 10 years old. But for the millions of rabbits to be killed for someone's vanity and palate, life couldn't be any more different...
There are two main breeds in the commercial rabbit farming industry: Rex and New Zealand White (or California White). The Rex is bred specifically for her fur and white rabbits have traditionally been bred primarily for meat. There is also another breed, the Orylag, bred for both meat and fur, farmed only in France.
All breeds are kept in a battery style system of bare wire mesh cages, with little space to move, never mind stretch out, play, hop or even sit fully upright. In
some cases, caged rabbits can develop deformations of the spine.
Cages for single rabbits, such as those bred for their fur, have the floor space of about two shoeboxes. Cages with groups of up to 12 rabbits may only be a third larger.
Mothers are kept separated from their kits and only allowed into the nursing area to feed them. Whilst the mothers would nurse the kits infrequently in the wild, the fact that she is not in control of when she can nurse her babies will cause stress. When the mother is under stress she may also eat her young.
photos (c) Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade - CAFT
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