“Pink Galaxy Bunnies” : Painting on canvas using acrylic paint + oil sticks ★ 2016
Rabbits have been used and abused in numerous industries for too long, including the fashion, pet, and food industries.
According to Business of Fashion, “PETA took on the trade in angora rabbit fur in what proved to be one of its most successful campaigns, releasing a video of a rabbit in China — the world’s top producer of angora wool — being tortured and mutilated, its fur hand-plucked from its body.” The video is hurtful and horrific to watch.
Additionally, rabbits are overbought and according to Global News, “Every year, about 250 rabbits are brought to the SPCA after the Easter weekend [in Montreal, QC, Canada].” Rabbits do live over 10 years, and many people are not aware of this right away and do not understand the commitment in having a domestic rabbit. Not to mention, according to The Dodo – For Animal People, rabbits in pet stores come from horrible conditions, and are put in tiny cages without many toys and experience a lot of stress throughout this entire process.
Finally in the food industry, rabbits are one of the many animals who are treated brutally in factory farming. An article by We Animals shows two investigations done in Spain in 2010 and 2013, with the organization Animal Equality. The article reveals photos of the factory farming process, showing barbaric acts of rabbits being put into small cages and suffering with illnesses and incredible amounts of discomfort, all before being packaged by the slaughterhouse for meat to be sent off and sold.
Fortunately, things are looking up.
Angora rabbit wool has had a decrease in sales. Business of Fashion states that “in 2010, China exported $23 million worth of angora rabbit wool, according to the International Trade Centre, a joint agency of the World Trade Organisation and the United Nations. In 2015, that number was down to just $4.3 million. Meanwhile, Italy, a major importer of angora and the country best known for its fabric mills, bought just $2.1 million worth of angora rabbit wool in 2015, down 77 percent from $9.2 million in 2010.”
Hopefully, the trend for leaning more towards being vegetarian and vegan will continue to rise, and people will continue to buy less animals and animal products altogether.
Here are some ways you can help support animal freedom and equality!
- Do not buy fur! As said in the horrifying PETA video (link below) “Revealed: The Agony Behind Angora Wool”: “When you’re buying a sweater, please read the label, and if it says angora leave it on the rack.”
- If you are considering to buy fur, is it recycled fur? Is it vintage? How did the company obtain the fur? Investigate.
- Research and do your best to support vegan brands! This link is great to search for cruelty-free cosmetics, personal-care products, and more : http://features.peta.org/cruelty-free-company-search/cruelty_free_companies_company.aspx?Com_Id=162. If a brand you searched comes up saying that they do test on animals (for example: M.A.C. Cosmetics (Estee Lauder) does test on animals), click on the button Take Action and send a Quick message on the righthand column, filling out your name and e-mail address to support the protection of animals from cruelty.
- Adopt from friends, SPCA, and other animal rescue companies! Do not buy animals from pet stores! Pet stores are usually connected to factory farming, and that leads to a lot of stress and harm for animals.
- Be a vegetarian/vegan! I am currently a vegetarian and have been for more than 3 years now, and making my way towards being a vegan. Once you decide, it is really fun to get creative in the kitchen and make phenomenal meals! I love and recommend the cookbook Oh She Glows (link to website below). Even if people who eat meat just ate less meat, the World would be healthier!
- Sign petitions! PETA has many petitions to sign, including one that is on the bottom right column on the link for the “Revealed: The Agony Behind Angora Wool” video.
- Ask questions when shopping! Ask the company you’re looking into if they test on animals. If the transparency is not clear enough, and you’ve checked on the link above to see if PETA has found that they do test on animals, Consider supporting another brand!
This picture below is of a little Sir Winston Churchill who lives with me. I adopted him 3 years ago when he was 2 at the time, from my friends who could no longer take care of him. He has taught me so many things while being hilarious and adorable, such as the value of patience, consistency, and gentleness. He is free to roam and relax freely 24/7 in my apartment (he is potty trained:)), and enjoys a good cuddle session always! When I’m home at my parents house, he is able to go outside in a fenced area safely.
All rabbits and animals deserve to be free from cages! They are such happy, magnificent creatures that deserve our love, attention, and respect.
“Winston” : Picture ★ 2017