Angora Farm Visits

Published by PETA Staff.

Rabbits were yanked out of cages by their sensitive ears and pinned under workers’ feet while being violently sheared.

Rabbits who had been plucked bare lay motionless in their cages.

3 IN PAGE IMG_8184Schearing

At one site, a rope used for suspending “problem animals” by their forelimbs, in order to be plucked or shorn, dangled from the ceiling.

5 IN PAGE IMG_8155-Outdie-Sheds

6 IN PAGE IMG_8323Farm-Conditions

The temperature was over 100 degrees with 80 percent humidity, and the rabbits were given little to no protection from the elements.

7 IN PAGE IMG_8196-Drool

Most of the rabbits were suffering from severe skin irritation caused by excessive salivation. The saliva ran down their necks and onto their chests and forelimbs. As a result, these areas of skin had become severely infected. Many animals exhibited rapid, open-mouthed breathing brought on by heat stress or respiratory disease.

8 IN PAGE angora-head-tilt

Many animals’ heads were tilted at a 90-degree angle. This condition is caused by damage to the ears, likely from being roughly handled every 30 to 60 days when yanked out of their cages for shearing. Because of the head tilt, they were unable to orient themselves to eat or drink and slowly died of starvation or dehydration.

10 IN PAGE IMG_8314Infected-Skin-and-Eye

Veterinary care was grossly inadequate or non-existent. In many cases, the rabbits were offered no treatment for severe and chronic infections, sores, respiratory distress, malnutrition, blindness, or neurological damage.

11 IN PAGE IMG_819Hanging-Out-of-CageS

12 IN PAGE IMG_8375Weak-and-Scared

Get PETA Updates

Stay up to date on the latest vegan trends and get breaking animal rights news delivered straight to your inbox!

By submitting this form, you’re acknowledging that you have read and agree to our privacy policy and agree to receive e-mails from us.

 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind