Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2005 09:07:35 -0700 (PDT)
Rabbits have lost humane-slaughter protection - they need your help
The US Department of Agriculture has classified rabbits as ³poultry² to
avoid required protections for the species under the 1958 Humane Methods
Slaughter Act Among other things, this means that rabbits may be fully
conscious while being slaughtered. With rabbit meat becoming more
this is very distressing. Rabbits are the third most popular companion
animals in this country, yet if someone treated dogs and cats this way,
perpetrators would be charged with animal cruelty.
What you can do:
Please contact the USDA today to express your concern about rabbits,
please remind them that ALL animals, including chickens, turkeys and
deserve equal protection under the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act.
Mike Johanns, Secretary of Agriculture
Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20250
agsec @ usda.gov
Letters sent through the mail may have more impact than an email.
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