Deborah Claassen 
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Re: “Bunny Tale

Rabbits are the most abused animals on the planet. Exploited not only for their flesh and fur, they are victimized in research, used as bait and live food for other animals, and even as "pets", they are often neglected and abandoned resulting in them being the third most euthanized animal in American Shelters. Exempting them from the meager protection of not being skinned alive in order to take their fur is a slap in the face to those of us who value them as the clean quiet engaging and affectionate companions they are.
The single person who is being advocated for in Marin county where I reside who raises and kills rabbits didn't even qualify for the minimum standard that Whole Foods set when they launched their failed rabbit meat program.
The photo in this article makes my heart bleed for those poor babies stuffed into wire bottom cages so small they can barely turn around without a piece of hay (which should make up 80% of their diet) or anything to do but await their gruesome fate. The only consolation is that they are killed very young; at about 4 months of age. Escaping their suffering only in a cruel and violent death.
As a regular shopper at the Marin County Farmers Market where Mr Pasternak pedals his wares and I buy much of my food and the greens my bunnies enjoy dailly, I refuse to go anywhere near his booth. Seeing the dead bodies, skins and other bits of of animals I regard as cherished family members breaks my heart. People who love their dogs and cats should be able to relate; just imagine seeing your german shepherd's cousin turned into a fur bikini.
The evisceration of a bill that would make history for all fur bearing animals being tortured and killed for their skins by Assembly Member Levine may very well die a painful death at his hands. The animal advocate community can see that the exclusion of of rabbits will certainly lead to a monopoly on their skins as they will be the only fur available and have come out in mass in opposition to this exclusion. Even if the skins are supposed to be only from animals killed for their flesh, there is simply no way of regulating the origin of the pelts and will certainly result in an increase the number of rabbits raised and killed for either or both and be a boon for the people who produce them.
I wish everyone reading this would call Member Levine's office and ask him to represent his entire district, not just a single constituent and withdraw this ill fated request.

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Posted by Deborah Claassen on 04/05/2019 at 11:08 AM

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