New PETA investigation shows abuses to rabbits

On Wednesday, PETA released an undercover video that documents life and misery inside of a product testing lab.  

I had reservations about even posting this, but I think presenting the information enables us to make decisions about the companies and products we choose to support. I hope you agree.  

The story and the video made me sad. Then I got angry.  

I don’t doubt that the manufacturers that support this hellish lab will claim innocence.  

However, it does beg the question: why are animals even being used for some of the tests? In some cases, I believe non-animal methods are available. Is it a matter of cost? Is it cheaper to use a live animal?  

Scroll down for the undercover video. This is from PETA’s web site:  

After a nine-month undercover investigation PETA found that hundreds of dogs, cats, and rabbits were subjected to vicious and abusive handling, neglect, and miserable living conditions at Professional Laboratory and Research Services, Inc. (PLRS)—a Corapeake, North Carolina–based contract laboratory that tests animal-companion products such as flea and tick sprays and spot treatments on animals. Industry giants—including Bayer, Eli Lilly, Pfizer, Novartis, Schering-Plough (now Merck), Sergeant’s, Wellmark, and Merial, the makers of Frontline flea and tick products—are among the corporations that have paid PLRS to force-feed experimental compounds to dogs and cats and smear chemicals onto the animals’ skin.  

PETA’s investigator also documented that:
  • Rabbits at PLRS were intentionally and repeatedly forced to “wear” a tightly wrapped capsule containing thousands of ticks and were then killed.

Rabbit at PLRS subjected to thousands of ticks
  • PLRS operated a side business raising and selling ticks and attached thousands of ticks onto rabbits’ shaved bodies to allow the ticks to gorge for five days. Many rabbits were subjected to this twice and were then killed. Non-animal methods for raising ticks have been available since the mid-’90s. Other rabbits were held over thousands of mosquitoes, who fed on the animals and sucked blood from their shaved backs for 15 minutes a day for up to five days.
  • Workers cleaned the bottoms of rabbit cage floors by vigorously shaking the cages up and down—with the rabbits still inside. According to what PETA’s investigator was told, this caused at least two rabbits’ feet to be completely severed. The investigator asked her supervisor if the employee was disciplined for dismembering a rabbit and was told, “No, but don’t clock in late, then you will get in trouble.”
  • A supervisor who killed rabbits by injecting a solution into their hearts admitted, “I’m not really … good at this.”

The undercover video is not for the faint of heart. There is explicit language and sad, graphic images. Rabbits are only on the video for a short time, and it starts at the 4:27 point:  

  

Please take the time to sign a petition (at the bottom of the page).  Manufacturers need to know that it’s not OK to allow animals to be treated this way. 

Forward it to all the rabbit lovers in your life. Together, we can all make a difference.

8 thoughts on “New PETA investigation shows abuses to rabbits

  1. I truly hope this post brings about an awareness on what is being done to the animals in the name of science..what it ammounts to is nothing short of animal cruelty.I try to buy only products that were not tested on animals,but until more people do the same the animals will continue to live a life of misery.Thanks for posting.

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  3. Elizabeth

    I raise and show animals in 4H. I have since i was six. And i’m seventeen now. i’ve never been more disgusted in my entire life by human nature. i wonder if these people fell proud that they are scaring and hurting animals. Does it make them feel strong? Sometimes i can’t even believe people would think about doing any of that. They should be the ones tested on; they aren’t contributing to society

  4. kay

    I couldn’t watch it all. and i had to turn the volume off. Its truely sick what them people are doing. Even if that testing was shut down, all them animals wouldn’t be able to be rehomed, as they would have lost trust in us. and rightly so. It Needs closing down. or the people that are doing it to them need a taste of their own medicine.

    The people who are abusing these animals need to be jailed. and if that was England they would be by now.

  5. Victoria Novakovskaya

    ARE YOU MOTHERFUCKING SICK YOU ASSHOLES WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU IF I EVER MEET THESE PEOPLE I WILL PERSONALLY MAKE THEM SIT IN THEIR OWN SHIT AND I’LL PULL THEIR TEETH OUT AND I’LL STAB THEM WITH NEEDLES AND SPRAY THEM WITH BLEECH AND CHEMICALS UNTIL THEY GO CRAZY AND RABID. THIS IS NOT HOW TO TREAT THE WORLD’S MOST BLESSED CREATURES. YOU PEOPLE ARE SICK AND STUPID. ONE DAY YOU’LL GET YOUR KARMA BACK WHEN ALL THOSE DOGS ATTACK YOU AND BITE YOU MOTHERFUCKING FACES OFF. DO YOU FEEL GOOD ABOUT YOURSELVES? TORTURING THEM ON LIVE CAMERA? WILL YOU FEEL GOOD WHEN I KICK YOU IN THE FACE AND THROW YOU AROUND ON YOUR EARS? PEOPLE LIKE THIS DO NOT DESERVE JOBS. THEY DO NOT DESERVE PAYMENT. THEY DESERVE TO SIT IN JAIL FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. THEY DO NOT DESERVE HAPPINESS. I LOVE ANIMALS MORE THAN ANYTHING AND THE MORE I SEE THIS VIDEO THE MORE I AM INFURIATED.

  6. sarah

    What is this world coming too my goodness these people deserve to have there teeth pulled and mosquitoes to lay there eggs inside there body and everything else that they did too those innocent animals… an eye for an eye a tooth for a tooth id say… stupid morons

  7. dominique

    This is horrible, and those stupid assholes deserve to get their teeth pulled.. may god punish them the same way they punish those animals!!!! Pray I don’t find who those women are. They will suffer to the most extreme measures.

  8. hammy

    What I wanna know is why are they raising ticks and mosquitos? That in itself is fucked up. Fuck these people, this is why we have Lyme’s disease because fuckhead scientists were fuckin around with shit that’s too powerful for human’s to handle and one of the ticks got loose. Now we’re fucked because of it, including me who’s already fucked. I really hate people man, they’ll never know their limits and we all end up paying hard for one asshole’s mistake.

    I hope everyone of these people contracts Lyme’s or whatever biological bullshit they’re fucking with just so they can live their life having to fork over all your money in medical bills and to live in the constant daily hell of suffering from an illness that some cocksucker mercenary scientist made up in a laboratory. Cuz I can tell you it’s no walk in the park, I’d rather be dead right now, and so will they.

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