According to the Humane Farming Association, the USDA has decided to classify rabbits as “poultry” and are therefore excluded from the Humane Slaughter Act. The Humane Slaughter Act requires slaughter houses to render animals unconscious before killing them.

When it comes to smaller animals, the USDA doesn’t even pretend to protect them. Over 9 billion chickens and turkeys are slaughtered each year inhumanely, and the USDA has just classified rabbits as poultry. Unfortunately, slaughter houses are not showing their more compassionate side and using humane practices to slaughter these animals either.

Please contact the Secretary of Agriculture and ask that the USDA adopt regulations to include rabbits as well as chickens under the Humane Slaughter Act:

Mike Johanns
Secretary of Agriculture
Room 200-A
United States Dept. of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20250
Phone: (202) 720-3631
Fax: (202) 720-2166

We ask that you also write your senator and congressman on this matter to make it known to everyone that we are not happy about what is going on. Please write or email the following:

To read about the Humane Farming Association’s flyer on this matter, you can click on the following link. WARNING: This flyer is extremely explicit and will bring tears to your eyes as well as horrifying images. Do not read unless you are ready for a very disturbing time.

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