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Rabbit Fur Ban AB 44

California has proposed a bill (AB 44) to ban the sale of fur statewide. Some politicians and rabbit meat farmer(s) want to EXCLUDE rabbit fur from the ban. They want to sell the pelts of the rabbits they are breeding and slaughtering for meat.

If rabbit fur is excluded from the ban, millions of new rabbits will be raised and slaughtered for their fur. While rabbits, especially Rex rabbits, suffer immense cruelty and then death, an elite handful of rabbit meat farmers make a lot of money. It becomes a monopoly on fur in California to a luxury market.

The next step is to sign this petition, which is being sent to the bill's author and sponsors. They MUST hear from as many people as possible right now that rabbits deserve protection too! Ask them to NOT EXCLUDE rabbits from the ban on fur.

Meat and fur rabbits are the exact same breeds as house rabbits. They are babies who live short and painful lives crowded into wire cages that pierce and infect their feet - the rabbit equivalent of veal crates. This abuse is green-washed as sustainable or organic. That's marketing, not common sense, and certainly not the truth. Meat and fur rabbits are taken from their mothers and killed while just a few months old. This creates more tender meat (just like milk-fed veal) to supply high-end restaurants with a novelty food. The mothers are force bred until they are used up and spent, then killed and discarded.

Why would California want to increase animal suffering by excluding rabbit fur from the ban? It’s either a ban on fur or it’s not. Please don’t dismiss this as an animal rights issue. It’s a human issue too.

Why does a small elite group of rabbit farmer(s) wield so much power? Is it a wishful romanticized notion of the family farmer? It’s agri-business and the factory farming of rabbits in stressful, inhumane conditions. Rabbits and small grassroots groups like ours are the underdog and we need your help and support.

Please sign the petition right now. It is incredibly urgent to save rabbit lives and keep them protected along with other animals in California.

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