Tell Whole Foods: Do not sell bunnies

Tell Whole Foods, “Don’t sell bunny meat!”

Farm animals suffer greatly in the United States of America. Plus this suffering comes to us well documented. Before the U.S. Congress passes laws allowing Ag-Gag states to make it illegal for people to photograph, video or report animal abuse inside or outside their meat plants.

The disturbing truth? Pet rabbits now sold for meat at Whole Foods Market come from being raised in U.S.A. Ag-gag states. What’s wrong with that? Everything.

Big farms doing business in Ag-gag states operate free from animal welfare laws.

In fact these huge meat farms have made laws against taking photographs, video recording or any reporting of animal abuse. What have they got to hide?

Enough. All to many cruel animal farming practices already hurt farm animals, enough to make most of us sick. The Humane Society of the United States and the Animal Defense Fund continue working to legally raise farm animal welfare practices. Most Americans know that farm animals do not receive acceptable room for walking nor a humane standard of care. Before we let another category of animal become victims of Ag-gag farm cruelty, we need to improve farm animals welfare.

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Adopted from Rohnert Park Animal Shelter

Rabbits die of fright.

They share the species lagomorph.

There are about eighty species of lagomorph include thirty species of pika, twenty species of rabbit and cottontail, and thirty species of hare family. Wikipedia

I learned about this issue of Whole Foods Market, selling a new category of animal for meat through a volunteer at my local shelter. Kathy, along with volunteers from Save a Bunny and a Southern California group, are working to raise awareness pet rabbits should not end up as mainstream Big Farm meat products. Why?

Whole Foods Market buys meat rabbits from Ag-gag states. If Whole Foods succeeds, farm animal  suffering will fall on whole other category of animals, pet rabbits.

It comes as no secret in United States that farm animals end up being raised inhumanely.
If you have ever read about the Ag-gag states and how they are able to prosecute anyone willing to go undercover and take photographs and videos to report the truth on this ongoing unnecessary torture of farm animals. What meat animals endure in the U.S.A. is nothing less than cruelty, it’s time we changed that, before adding anymore farm animals.

9 facts hidden in Ag-gag pig farms

1. Millions of meat pigs live, eliminate and sleep in cramped spaces.

2.The environment these pigs endure smell rank. Their wastes drain into a central open sewer and their housing is so unclean many of them die.

3. Meat pigs lack all exercise to the extreme point that their legs break.

4. Pigs housed in huge warehouses with thousands of other pigs, hear others screaming day and night from pain.

5. Female pigs, sows, live horrible lives in gestation crates.

6. Gestation crates built for female pigs force them to stand up for 24-hours per day. Farmers do not allow pigs to walk or lie down. Gestation crates, notoriously painful for animals, need to be banned. Often the pigs’ legs break because their bones grow soft, due to not being allowed to walk.

7. Big meat farms build bars underneath sows to brace broken legs.

How can they call these farms? Not giving animals room to walk, sit or lie down? Meat farm animals get denied their normal and natural behaviors. They never see the light of the sun nor feel the earth nor wind.

8. The meat pig lives in constant physical pain, terror, fear and unhappiness. 4. When piglets die, often in these unsanitary conditions, their bodies get ground up and mixed into the food the sows eat. So mother pigs eat their own young.

9. Pigs do not live as cannibals. Why should they be forced to eat their own young?
What horrible animal welfare to make pigs eat their own young. It’s incomprehensible that animals must live like this so that people can eat pork barbecue, pork steak and pork ribs.

What U.S.A. meat farms won’t let us see.

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After four years of hesitation and never mentioning recordings of farm animals lack of good welfare, I break my silence.

Much of the time I avoid eating meat. From now on, I will be seeking out small sustainable and local farms. We have several nearby that do not inflict senseless cruelty on pigs, chickens and cows. After study of commercially farmed pork and chicken and beef, I have returned to my original vegetarian and fish eating ways.

 

11 thoughts on “Tell Whole Foods: Do not sell bunnies

  1. Ultimately, the only force that counts is what customers do. So well done on spreading the word; animal cruelty must be stamped out in all its forms. Customers must choose to turn their backs on these terrible practices. (P.S.Would love to republish your post over on Learning from Dogs?)

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    1. Please reblog, republish and share everywhere you can think of. There is a tiny bit of good news for big farm egg layers, recently posted on the Humane Society of the United States. Most likely that will be shared here next week.

      Thanks again for reading and commenting.

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      1. Several states have passed laws against anyone photographing, video recording or reporting on animal abuse inside massive meat farms. The Humane Society of the United States keeps working (under cover to film the truth of this unsanitary and cruel business) but now they can arrest anyone caught, send reporters to jail and sue anyone trying to inform the public.

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  2. Conditions in Germany are far from perfect, but compared to this seem paradise… this is pure horror. How can there not be any legislation? I’ve only recently learned about Temple Grandin and her work, and thought there’s work done to improve the life of farm animals in the US. Must have been wishful thinking on my part.

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    1. Actually Temple Grandin still works for farm animal welfare. Grenadine continues to speak, write and publish on what good welfare consists of.

      But greedy big Ag-gag farms in certain states continue to ignore her findings and knowledge.

      Please visit my post on one of her books “Animals Make Us Human.” Have you read it?

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      1. No, I haven’t read any of her books yet. I read about her somewhere, can’t remember, I watched so many videos and read a bunch of books, and follow websites, while looking for a good way to deal with my dog’s reactivity (the trainer issue here is somewhat difficult). But anyway, I will put the book on my ‘to read’ list. I was curious and read up about her, and watched a few of the videos that can be found on youtube. I was intrigued. I’m going to read your post, too.

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      2. Thanks so much for reading and caring about animal welfare. Becoming self educated on issues that end up being ignore by media companies takes curiosity and caring about animals. Thanks for caring and reading.

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  3. Deborah, great message and glad you’re sharing — and a perfect time to do so, what with Easter right around the corner. I have to admit, I knew nothing about this, so I’m REALLY glad you wrote and shared! And I tried to “like” the post but darn WP is giving me fits (either that or my cable connection is to blame). Anyway, great job! 🙂

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