This Christmas, countless people are likely to receive gifts that contain fur from the tortured rabbits revealed in a horrific new undercover investigation.
The images and footage show the tiny, cramped cages the animal are kept in—born into captivity and slaughtered before ever seeing the light of day. (scroll down for video)
In one harrowing photo, a mother rabbit appears huddled next to its dead baby—leaving our own imaginations to consider what it felt at the time:
Captured at three separate fur farms in southwestern France by the animal rights group L214, it is believed that one in four rabbits die before reaching the designated slaughtering point.
Covered in sores and patches of missing fur, their claws often get caught between the metal cages’ bars, causing pain and injury:
Some of the images appear to show motionless, dead bunnies, while others seem to have a look of complete horror in their eyes:
Even more barbaric than how they’re kept, however, is how they’re slaughtered.
First, they are placed head-first into some kind of device which seems designed to kill them quickly, yet during the next phase when they’re hung upside down to have their throats slit and bleed out, some appear to still be moving.
Whether or not they are alive remains unclear, as it could just be a nervous system response causing their movements.
Still, their kicking and squirming continues for an unusually long period of time, suggesting the worst of possible outcomes.
Numerous luxury brands continue to use real animal fur, including that of rabbits, to this day.
Some names include Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, and Dior, among others, though it has not yet been confirmed if they acquire fur from the farms seen in this video.
The French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) released a statement promising to initiate “an internal inspection mission on site within 48 hours” and, if need be, to “take the immediate corrective measures that would be required.”
However, despite the appalling revelations, the president of the local cooperative has come out suggesting that the animal rights group has misinterpreted their findings.
Specifically, he referenced how the specific breed of rabbits, known as Orylag, are “animals that have a certain sensitivity, which are quite fragile and that is why they are given the most comfortable conditions possible to limit mortality and diseases.”
He added, “The Orylag is not a rabbit or a pet (…) it has characteristics of its own.It can not put it outside. When it reaches a certain age it is necessary to put it in individual cage, or they fight.”
The footage is just another reminder of how easy it is to exploit other beings when we choose blissful ignorance to what our dollars—and apathy—allow to take place.
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