The undercover footage, shot by PETA Asia, found horrific routine cruelty to angora rabbits, whose long, soft fur is often used in sweaters and accessories. The investigator filmed workers who were violently ripping the fur from the animals’ sensitive skin as they screamed at the top of their lungs in pain. After this terrifying and barbaric ordeal, which the rabbits endure every three months, many of them appeared to go into shock, lying motionless inside their tiny, filthy cages, with no solid flooring or bedding, and without the vital companionship of other rabbits. After two to five years, those who have survived are hung upside down, their throats are slit, and their bodies are sold.



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This sweater from COACH as seen on is made from the hides of real rex rabbits and retails for $1800. This disgusting garment is dyed in pink, black and green and takes 35-40 rex rabbit lives to make ONE sweater. We are completely appalled.

Sign the petition against COACH! Please note the donations are optional but getting the word out will save rabbits and halt the production of this garment.


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Now is the time for you to make a difference for rabbits raised for food in Canada! Just a few minutes of your time will ensure that enough awareness of this issue will be raised. Then, there will be enough proof of public support for Rabbit Rescue to request a meeting with the Minister of Agriculture. But first we need 300 letters!

Write to the Federal and Provincial Ministers of Agriculture and your local MP to ask them to change the Humane Slaughter Act and to revise the Codes of Practice to include rabbits.

In Canada, there are no laws that require that livestock rabbits receive minimum amounts of food, water, space, air regular supervision, sensible handling or effective health care. NOW is the time for you to make a difference for rabbits raised for food in Canada! Just a few minutes of your time will ensure that enough awareness of this issue will be raised for Rabbit Rescue Inc. to be granted a meeting with the Minister of Agriculture.

Together we can make a difference for livestock rabbits everywhere! If you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to ask.

To learn more about the issue, please click here to read our brochure.

Here’s how:
Write a letter to Gerry Ritz, the Federal Minister of Agriculture and send a copy to Leona Dombrowsky, the Provincial Minister of Agriculture in Ontario and a copy to your local
Member of Parliament.

The Honourable Minister Gerry Ritz
Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board
Sir John Carling Building
930 Carling Ave. Ottawa, ON K1A OC5.
(no postage required)

The Honourable Minister Leona Dombrowsky
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
77 Grenville St. Toronto, ON M5S 1B3
(postage required)

Click here to find your local Member of Parliament (MP) and their address.

When you input your postal code, two addresses will pop up for your MP: an Ottawa
address and a Constituency Address. Please mail one letter to both offices. The Ottawa
address requires no postage.

Critical points to make in your letter:

  • I am concerned that there are no Codes of Practice for rabbits being farmed for food in Canada
  • I am concerned because the Humane Slaughter Act does not require that rabbits be rendered unconscious prior to being suspended for slaughter
  • I believe that rabbits should be included in the Codes of Practice and ideally Recommended Best Practices during the farming process
  • Please write back and let me know that you will support the inclusion of rabbits into the Codes of Practice
  • Please let me know that you will support changes to the Humane Slaughter Act so that all animals, including rabbits, are rendered unconscious prior to being suspended for slaughter


It is ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL that your letter be written in your own words, that it be sent
by regular letter mail (not email). You must include your address in the letter. A paragraph is
all that is needed. Polite and articulate letters that people took the time to write make

Click here to download a sample letter in .doc (MS Word) format.

Please send a copy of your letter via email to so that we can keep track of the letters. When we are certain that we have a critical mass, we will request a meeting with Gerry Ritz, Federal Minister of Agriculture in Ottawa.

UPDATE: Many of you who have written letters to the Minister of Agriculture and your local Member of Parliament (MP) regarding the humane treatment of rabbits raised for food. Some of you have received responses. This is great news because it means that the Minister and the MP’s are aware of our concerns! However, it seems that the core message is still not getting through. The central issue regarding slaughter of food rabbits in Canada is that rabbits are suspended, stunned, then slaughtered (Note that this information comes from Canada’s Meat Inspection Regulations). The order of this process is what is inhumane: it would be just as easy for the rabbits to be stunned, then suspended, then slaughtered. Minister Ritz claims in his replies to us that there are laws to ensure that rabbits are treated humanely during the slaughter process. I’m sure you would agree that the stringing up of rabbits by their hind legs before stunning them is not humane. Interestingly, this sequence of events during slaughter is unique to rabbits and birds. Other animals such as pigs and cows are afforded the humanity of being rendered unconscious before being strung up. The other issue that Minister Ritz has failed to address is the lack of Code of Practice for rabbits. As of yet we have not received a satisfactory reply to the question of when rabbits will be included in the Codes of Practice. We encourage you to send a polite reply to Minister Ritz requesting a response to your concerns about 1.) the more humane slaughter of rabbits, and 2.) a timeline for including rabbits in the Codes of Practice.

Together we can make a difference!