Sunday, July 24, 2011

The House Rabbit Society

Many of you may be familiar with the state of Animal Rights legislation in this country, and many of you may not. Essentially, organizations like PETA and the HRS have somehow become the 'authorities' regarding animal welfare. These organizations regard abuse as:

1. Breeding animals - for profit or otherwise
2. Eating animals
3. Treating animals as livestock
4. Housing your animals outside our home
5. Not treating animals as human beings

If these organizations have their way, no one will be able ever get a pet except from approved shelters, and those who do get pets will have to submit to ridiculous requirements in order to get them.

Things like 4-H, a healthy activity for young people that teaches responsible livestock management, will be a thing of the past. Eating meat will become either illegal, or so expensive as to make it beyond the reach of ordinary citizens. Animal fiber will meet the same fate. Both these organizations oppose the 'exploitation' of animals. They'll do anything to achieve their goals, including infiltrating organizations that traditionally have supported the livestock industries, including the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association).

A case in point is Debe Bell, a long-time and well-respected rabbit breeder in Colorado, whose climate-controlled barn was recently raided because of an 'anonymous tip'. It seems her barn was '4 degrees above the ideal' and she had some butchered rabbits in the freezer. OH MY!

The media naturally took the HRS' words as gospel and their report made it seem as if the poor rabbits were living in feces, when in fact the feces were appropriately residing in the trays below the cages. They also reported a small amount of dead rabbits being seized, accidentally leaving out that these were butchered rabbits they grabbed from her freezer.

The HRS intimidated Debe into signing over the rabbits, who are being sheared to the skin. In other words, they are destroying the evidence that the rabbits were in fact well cared for. Those of us who breed Angoras for wool know that even well-bred rabbits will have a mat here or there. But does the local magistrate know this? Probably not, and that's what these terroristic organizations are counting on.

They count on the fact that most Americans are so far removed from the fiber/food chain that we won't recognize a healthy animal when we see one, and will ASSUME that an angora with a mat here or there is being neglected. They count on the average American being horrified at the thought of eating a bunny. And you know what? So far, they're right.

These people have seized these rabbits, put them on a totally inappropriate diet, and rabbits will die in their care, and they'll use this in court to prove how 'sick' the rabbits were. They'll also shear the angoras down to the skin and throw away the evidence, so Debe will have no way of proving that she did not neglect them. These are their tactics, and in any other case, it would be considered tampering with the evidence and would be thrown out of court. They get around that by having an AR-friendly veterinarian claim that it was necessary because the rabbits were so dirty. How convenient!

We have to do something about this! All people who breed animals for fiber, food profit, whatever, need to band together and stop this violation of our Constitutionally guaranteed right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. If people out there regard their pets as the same as humans, fine, that is their right, but their rights end when they try to impose their opinions on the rest of us via legislation, lawsuits, harassment, and other means they use to force their views upon the rest of humanity.

There is nothing illegal, immoral, or unethical about breeding animals for profit. It's about time we banded together and fought for our rights. We shouldn't have to, but we obviously do.


Texas Angora Blog said...

thank you for posting this, Jan. It is so important that we all band together and also be extra careful of unscrupulous people and agencies.

Joyce said...

Amen to all you said Jan. I feel helpless watching my good friend Debe going through this. They essentially forced her to sign over the rabbits (although she has 10 days to change her mind) by charging $5/head/day. That is over $800/per day for a minimum of 30 days they said. Then they had the nerve to ask her to buy the feed. And the temp thing; after they disconnected the hose from the swamp cooler to give water to all the rabbits (which were just watered at 5am) they used an old defective thermometer of Debe's to take the temp 5 hours after the disconnection. They took the rabbits out in cardboard boxes to a metal horse trailer for several hours in 90+ degree heat from an air conditioned barn. Now they are residing doubled up in dog crates sitting in woodshavings in their own urine and feces instead of having wire, which is considered so cruel. This is the lovely house rabbit socitey people "helping" out. Hopefully all this will come out right and she will get her rabbits back. They were far from neglected and mistreated.

Lilac Haven said...

Amen sister and I will say it again-you are an excellent writer!