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The Ethics of Captivity$
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Lori Gruen

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199977994

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199977994.001.0001

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Rabbits in Captivity

Rabbits in Captivity

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The Ethics of Captivity

Margo DeMello

Oxford University Press

Rabbits have been raised in captivity for only about fifteen hundred years, but in that time, have experienced conditions that cause stress and isolation. This chapter addresses the four industries in which rabbits are raised—meat, fur, pet, and research—with an emphasis on the laboratory environment. It also addresses the conditions under which rabbits are treated and live in those environments, and discusses the ways in which rabbits’ lives in the lab can be improved via environmental enrichment It compares those conditions to how rabbits live in the wild, and ends with a discussion of how domesticated rabbits who come from captivity often adjust when living in a sanctuary environment.

Keywords:   Rabbits, Laboratory rabbit, Environmental enrichment, Disabled rabbits, Sanctuary

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