AAVS American Anti-Vivisection Society, against animal testing, animal abuse, animal rights, animal welfare, gegen Tierversuche, neavs, rabbit, Tierquälerei, Tierschutz

What Rabbits Feel

The New England Anti-Vivisection Society – NEAVS – founded in 1895, has been fighting against animal abuse especially in the sciences. Recently, one of the scientists, Dr. Marge Peppercorn, wrote about her experiences with rabbits, a species being tortured by the millions in labs all around the world:

“The Language of Rabbits

As a physician, I understand the need for medical research. What I can’t understand is why we persist in using animals. Researchers use every kind of species in the now recognized mistaken belief that what holds true for them holds true for humans. Some, like mice, are used primarily because they’re inexpensive and easy to handle. None are used with true consideration for their suffering.

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A prime example is the rabbit. Bunnies are generally silent with unchanging facial expressions, so it’s easy for researchers to be unaware of their distress and avoid possible pangs of conscience over what they’re doing to them. People think their silence makes them unreadable but bunnies communicate constantly.

I’ve recently become a bunny parent. After having had primarily dogs and cats, I had no idea what to expect. There was no barking, meowing, whining, whimpering, tail wagging or purring. From hours of interaction I’ve learned bunnies do make their feelings clearly known. They stamp their feet when upset or sensing danger. They make a quiet grunt when angry and an extremely soft grinding noise when happy.

None of these messages could possibly be heard over the noise of a lab, but bunnies also use their bodies and ears to communicate. They hunch up when scared and totally flatten out when relaxed. Their ears pull back, eyes widen, and noses twitch rapidly when scared. Their ears stand up straight, eyes relax, and breathing slows to gentle nose wiggles when content. They literally leap for joy when extremely happy and run and hide in a flash when scared. They are affectionate, gentle creatures who will bond with another bunny or animal, groom and sleep tight against their companion, and grieve when it’s gone.

All these behaviors go generally unseen or considered unimportant by the average researcher who sees the rabbit as an inexpensive and uncomplaining test tube. What makes using rabbits even more upsetting is that as a genetically hard wired prey animal they hide feeling weak or sick, therefore making it difficult for researchers to recognize their suffering. As genetic prey animals, they are easily terrified. Even rabbits living for years in a loving home that they should know is a caring environment get terrified by loud noises and require soft voices and gentle handling.

All animals deserve lives free from human inflicted suffering…

All animals deserve lives free from human inflicted suffering, but for me, inflicting pain on gentle, helpless and terrified creatures precisely because they are so gentle and less able to make their distress known is particularly unconscionable. I hope what I’ve learned from Penny helps us all better understand the subtle language of rabbits and their clear desire not to be hurt.”

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You can find more information on NEAVS here:

http://neavs.org

Thank you for spreading the news on animal awareness!

 

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Students Need Not Despair: There Are Alternatives to Dissecting Real Animals

The Digital Frog

The Digital Frog

 

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To motivate students in class to learn it is important to keep them interested in the subject. In the beginning of each school year many students come back from their summer break eager to find out what the new classes will bring (well, most kids would probably prefer a longer summer break but hope for not too boring classes).

Especially in biology and anatomy classes students will learn about how the body functions, if taught right a fascinating subject. Sadly, most schools have not yet learned that there are several humane tools for teaching out there.

“It’s September, and millions of students and educators are back in school—it’s a time of new beginnings. Unfortunately, the new school year will bring a cruel end for millions of animals, including cats, frogs, sharks, fetal pigs, mink, who will be dissected in classroom demonstrations.”

Please read more, sign up for the newsletters of these websites, forward to all teachers and professors, promote these alternatives, spread the word

http://aavs.org/alternatives/dissection/

http://www.animalearn.org/sciencebank.php#.VCpzx0tzFD8

http://www.animalearn.org

http://www.mhhe.com/biosci/genbio/virtual_labs/BL_16/BL_16.html

http://www.neavs.org/alternatives/in-education

http://www.digitalfrog.com

Thank you for spreading the word on animal awareness!

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