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  • Cynthia Hendrick
    ... From: act-up-to-exist@riseup.net Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2005 09:07:35 -0700 (PDT) Rabbits have lost humane-slaughter protection - they need your help The US
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 14, 2005
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      From: act-up-to-exist@...
      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
      of
      Slaughter Act Among other things, this means that rabbits may be fully
      conscious while being slaughtered. With rabbit meat becoming more
      popular,
      this is very distressing. Rabbits are the third most popular companion
      animals in this country, yet if someone treated dogs and cats this way,
      the
      perpetrators would be charged with animal cruelty.

      What you can do:

      Please contact the USDA today to express your concern about rabbits,
      and
      please remind them that ALL animals, including chickens, turkeys and
      ducks,
      deserve equal protection under the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act.

      Mike Johanns, Secretary of Agriculture
      Department of Agriculture
      1400 Independence Avenue SW
      Room 200-A
      Washington, DC 20250

      Phone: 202-720-3631
      Fax: 202-720-2166
      Email: agsec@...
      agsec @ usda.gov

      Letters sent through the mail may have more impact than an email.
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