photo of an Angora rabbit

Animal Farming – Rabbits Abused For Fur and Meat; We Must Be Their Voice

by J. Lee


The horrors of rabbits farms

Rabbits kept for fur and meat suffer from unimaginable cruelty. They are abused while being kept in dirty wire cages that injure their delicate feet. In fur farms rabbits are kept in solitary confinement. In meat farms they are crammed into overcrowded cages.

Many of them suffer from untreated fungal infections that causes skin ulceration’s and their fur can fall out. They are unable to play, run, dig, feel solid ground under their feet or enjoy sunshine. Those kept in crammed cages are unable to move around and stretch.


Angora rabbits are inhumanely kept so human’s can be fashionable. Angora clothing is made from the torture of rabbits. Factory workers rip fur from the root while feet are tethered to keep them restrained. Workers painfully remove fur in minutes with no fear of punishment.

I had a pet rabbit as a child. The screams I heard while viewing evidence of the handling of these defenseless animals will never leave my mind. I had no idea they could scream, which enforces the fact they experience extreme pain as fur is ripped out.

One billion rabbits are killed each year so that their fur can be used in clothing, fly-fishing lures or for trim to make crafts.

(WARNING GRAPHIC) The Chinese Fur Industry – There are no penalties for abusing animals on fur farms in China, which is the world’s largest fur exporter, supplying more than half of the finished fur garments imported for sale in the United States.

Rabbits are kept in factories for two to three years. Their fur is pulled out approximately every three months. After they have outlived their usefulness and are no longer needed they are killed and sold to meat markets.

(WARNING: Story with graphic video) PETA: Inside the Fur Industry: Factory Farms – Eighty-five percent of the fur industry’s skins come from animals living captive in fur factory farms. These farms can hold thousands of animals, and their farming practices are remarkably uniform around the globe. As with other intensive-confinement animal farms, the methods used in fur factory farms are designed to maximize profits, always at the expense of the animals.

 (WARNING GRAPHIC) Skinned Alive – Staggering Cruelty in the Rabbit Fur Trade – Footage from three massive rabbit fur farms and an abattoir in China shows that rabbits are forced to live in cramped, filthy, urine-encrusted cages before finally being strung up and skinned – sometimes while still alive.

Thinking of buying an angora sweater for Christmas? Read this chilling investigation – “Agony of the rabbits plucked alive for your fluffy jumpers – Investigators went to ten different angora farms and witnessed, they say, appalling abuse of animals at all ten locations. At half of the farms a particularly barbaric form of live plucking is used to remove the fur.”

“There are thought to be more than 50 million rabbits on angora farms in China, producing more than 4,000 tonnes of fur a year.”


(WARNING GRAPHIC) This video ‘Angora Rabbit Fur Cruelty‘ shows the brutality angora rabbit’s experience. The screams are shocking and disturbing. I will never understand anyone who can inflict pain on defenseless creatures.


Rabbit meat is sold to consumers. Meat and organs are also sold to pet food manufacturers.  Overcrowding in cages is the norm. With nothing to chew on rabbits often bite off the ears of other rabbits. Boredom and stress cause behavioral problems.

The average lifespan at a meat factory farm is 80 days. Female rabbits are repeatedly artificially inseminated forced to breed until their system fails. Their life span averages two years until they are killed for meat. Another rabbit will take its place.

(WARNING GRAPHIC) Shocking images show horrific cruelty of rabbits used in pet food– “Crammed into battery cages and suffering in horrific conditions, these beautiful white rabbits may be destined for pet food bought by animal lovers across the country.

They never see daylight or forage on grass, instead spending their lives painfully on wire floors – sometimes alongside the carcasses of dead cage-mates – to let their waste fall through to a pit underneath.”

As consumers we can demand change to improve conditions for rabbits and all animal. It is within our power to choose kindness over cruelty. There is something we all can do. We can support organizations on the front lines, we can become activists, we can contact legislators or sign petitions.  In the case of these rabbits, consider not purchasing products involving rabbit for in particular or animal fur in general.

Thanks for caring!

Last Chance for Animals: What You Can Do

You can help stop the torture! All of us have the ability to make a difference. Together we can bring an end to the cruel fur industry! 

Refuse to buy items containing fur or fur trim. Purchase faux fur and cruelty-free clothing instead.

Endorse and/or demand local, state and federal anti-trapping and anti-cruelty laws. Thank and support stores that don’t sell fur.

Get in touch with designers, manufacturers, stores, catalogs and fashion magazines. Ask them to stop producing, selling and/or promoting fur.

Inform others on the horrors of the fur trade. Distribute literature or plan an anti-fur event. 



House Rabbit Society

Rabbit Advocacy Network

Last Chance for Animals

Stop Cruel Rabbit Farm From Opening– Any rabbits the farm would raise would almost certainly be subjected to a life of neglect and cruelty. Rabbits are the fourth most farmed animal worldwide, and they suffer greatly when kept on factory farms.

Help Stop Rabbit Cruelty – (WARNING: Petition with graphic video) LCA went undercover at Pel-Freez, the largest rabbit slaughterhouse in the United States, and documented horrific abuse.

Ask Bloomingdales to Stop Selling Rabbit Fur – We are petitioning Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s leadership to stop selling rabbit fur items. There is no humane way to kill an animal to sell her fur.

Please Ask PBS To No Longer Show Rabbit Slaughter on Television – Please politely let them know that you will not support PBS if they promote the slaughtering of one of America’s favorite pets.

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