Rabbits are one of the most cruelly treated animals in the world. They are factory farmed in small wire floored cages similar to battery hens and continually mated. Their babies or ‘kits’ are taken away and used for their meat, fur and are sold to pet shops only to eventually be kept inside a small wire hutch in a backyard.
Rabbits are commonly used for scientific experimentation – often involving intense pain and prolonged suffering. They are given no pain relief as it is believed pain medication may alter the results. Some tests last a number of days while others may last for up to a year.
It is important to realise that there are alternative non-animal testing methods for all these tests. In fact the European Union has banned the use of animals in cosmetic testing throughout Europe.
Jacqui’s love of rabbits has resulted in the building of specialty enclosures that house at any one time approx. 240 rabbits. All have been rescued or surrendered and range in age from 6 months to 10 years of age. They have the freedom to run, dig, socialise and live in pairs or groups in large pens. They are de-sexed (both male & female) and vaccinated against Calici Virus and have regular vet checks for their teeth, nails and general health.