According to PETA, 83 rabbits were rescued from Riverside County, California, after the organization learned that the company had put an ad on Craigslist in hopes of ridding themselves of all of these bunnies.
Basically, the business had been selling rabbits for people to use however they saw fit (mainly not as pets), and then decided that they no longer wanted to keep selling rabbits, so they tried to liquidate, seeming not to care what happened to the furry hoppers once they were gone.
“The breeders had been selling rabbits for fur, meat, and reptile food, and now that they no longer wanted the business, they certainly didn’t care what buyers did with the 83 bunnies they had left.”
The 83 rabbits were not well taken care of, many living in wire-bottom cages (which is not good for bunny feet) that were too small for them to stay in. They weren’t given any kind of grassy area to run around on and definitely weren’t properly cared for. The report indicates that many of the rabbits had dental issues, overgrown nails, skin problems, and other illnesses involving their respiratory systems. When it comes to rabbits, all of these things can be life-threatening.
The bunnies rescued by PETA have obtained medical treatment, and most have been put up for adoption through the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA (they also volunteered their services to treat these animals). If you are interested in adopting one of these bunnies, go here.
Sadly, this isn’t the first case of rabbit cruelty to hit the web in recent weeks. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, a Danish radio DJ actually killed a 9-week-old bunny while on the air, claiming that he was “making a statement” about animal cruelty.
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