August 16, 2014
*WHO:* Bunny World Foundation (BWF) and Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS)
*WHAT:* BWF & CAPS will participate in the “National Day of Action and Awareness to Protest the Sale of Rabbit Meat at Whole Foods Market.” BWF and CAPS will join over 100 animal rights activists, 70 businesses, humane societies, animal rescue groups, as well as 10,000 people who have petitioned Whole Foods Market to immediately stop the sale of butchered rabbits. On August 17th, community protests will be held outside over 40+ Whole Foods Market locations nationwide.
According to the 2012 American Pet Products Association (APPA), 2.5 million households now live with pet rabbits.
“Whoever at Whole Foods decided it was a lucrative idea to sell butchered bunny meat is a Neanderthal. While Whole Foods is busy selling dead pets, we are working to draft legislation to further protect rabbits in Los Angeles. After years of successfully combatting illegal animal traffickers who abused unweaned bunnies in LA, we now find that Whole Foods will be selling them dead? Not on our watch! If Whole Foods has its way, millions of rabbits will be tortured and killed. Whole Foods must remember that Los Angeles is a humane city and that consumers are revolted by the sale of pets as meat. We want to inspect Whole Foods’ dead rabbit suppliers. If Whole Foods’ customers could see what happens in one of its rabbit slaughterhouses, they would run. Have you ever heard a rabbit scream?“
-Lejla Hadzimuratovic, Founder and President of Bunny World Foundation, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit rescue organization and rabbit advocacy group.
“Whole Foods calls rabbits "Fryers" and that tells you everything you need to know. Rabbits are not "fryers," they are beloved companion animals. Whole Foods is going to face a sustained boycott and protest campaign if they think they can get away with the sale of butchered companion animals in our city. We are the folks who successfully stopped LA pet stores from selling dogs, cats and rabbits from cruel commercial breeding factories. How can we allow Whole Foods to sell them dead? We want the names and USDA license numbers of every single dead rabbit supplier so we can examine their facilities and inspection reports. We plan to enact legislation to make the sale of butchered companion animals illegal in our city. The sale of dead rabbits is simply barbaric and Whole Foods is not in step with LA's progressive stance regarding animal protection."
-Carole Raphaelle Davis, West Coast Director, Companion Animal Protection Society
A phone survey conducted of 39 Northern California Whole Foods Market Stores revealed that only one of 39 store managers interviewed were aware that they were selling meat from domestic rabbit breeds. Most believed the meat came from either wild rabbits or from New Zealand. Most employees said they were very unhappy about the decision- especially those employees who have shared their lives with pet rabbits along with cats and dogs.
Whole Foods Market has repeatedly declined to explain the contradiction in their decision to kill rabbits while promoting products not tested on the very same type of rabbits. Whole Foods Executives have responded to consumer complaints with a form letter claiming “sensitivity to the issue,” while touting the “highest standards” for large scale rabbit meat production and slaughter with “the goal of creating standards for other companies to follow.”
Lisa Rockwell, who started the petition which surpassed 10,000 signatures, says "I was horrified to see rabbit meat at my local Whole Foods. It was offensive and condescending for Whole Foods Markets to send me a form letter about their standards. Standards are not the issue. They are selling the meat of pet breed rabbits, just like mine."
For further information, please see http://www.saveabunny.org/stop-whole-foods-rabbit-meat and http://rabbit.org/tell-whole-foods-to-stop-killing-bunnies/.
*WHERE: *Whole Foods Market – West Hollywood, 7871 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046
*WHEN: *Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 11:00 am (PST).
*Media Contacts: *
Lejla Hadzimuratovic, President and Founder, Bunny World Foundation, cell: 310-498-8600
Carole Raphaelle Davis, West Coast Director, Companion Animal Protection Society, cell: 310-990-5758
About Bunny World Foundation (BWF)
Bunny World Foundation (BWF) is a non-profit 501(c) 3 animal welfare organization founded in 2008 LA, California. Its mission is to combat animal cruelty, illegal animal sales, exploitation and neglect of all animals, through rescue efforts, public education, research, investigations, legislation, special events, and media attention. BWF has rescued over 4,000 rabbits in the city of Los Angeles.
About Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS)
Founded by President Deborah Howard in 1992, the Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) is the only national nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to protecting companion animals from cruelty in pet shops and puppy mills. CAPS actively addresses the abuse and suffering of pet shop and puppy mill dogs through investigations, education, media relations, legislative involvement, puppy mill dog rescues, consumer assistance and pet industry employee relations.
Suffolk County Legislature approved an amendment that will require more disclosure from pet stores and prohibit the sale of animals from proven puppy mills.
Hauppauge, N.Y., June 3, 2014 – Suffolk County became the first in New York State to take advantage of the recently signed state law authorizing municipalities to adopt stricter local regulations for pet dealers. Deputy Presiding Officer Jay Schneiderman and Legislator William Spencer, M.D. spearheaded the changes to local law and drafted the bill with the assistance of various animal advocacy groups, including Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS), and local store owners. The Government Operations, Personnel, Housing & Consumer Protection Committee had already unanimously approved the bill on May 28 and enjoyed widespread support from the community. The most important provision in Introductory Resolution 1047-14 prohibits pet shops from purchasing animals from questionable breeders with violations on their most recent USDA report.
Friends of Animals (FoA) and Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) will join forces with over 1,000 animal rights activists at a bullfighting arena in Rodilhan, a small village in the south of France. A US delegation is flying to France to support Comité Radicalement Anticorrida (CRAC Europe), the French anti-bullfighting organization.
The City Council of San Diego unanimously passed a Companion Animal Protection Society's proposed ordinance ban of retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits
SAN DIEGO, Calif., July 10, 2013 – Yesterday, San Diego became the second largest city in the United States to ban the sale of companion animals. The decision mirrors other initiatives, spearheaded by Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) , in cities across the US and Canada.
The City Council of San Diego unanimously voted in favor of a CAPS' proposed ordinance prohibiting the sale of factory-bred dogs, cats and rabbits in retail stores within the city. The Office of the City Attorney worked closely with CAPS to draft this final proposal that will go into effect in 30 days. Over 30 cities across the country, a number of them in California (including West Hollywood, Glendale, Irvine, and Los Angeles), have passed similar legislation.
CAPS formally introduced the ordinance on March 13, but talks between the City of San Diego and the non-profit began back in June 2012. Other animal welfare organizations joined forces later on to assist in the effort. This will be CAPS' fifth successfully introduced and passed ordinance of its kind and the 32nd city in the US with anti-puppy mill legislation.
“We got the ordinance we wanted. Getting it passed has been hard work but when I come home and look in the eyes of my little puppy mill dog, it makes me happy to have participated in making the sale of puppy mill dogs illegal in my city,” said Sydney Cicourel, San Diego campaign coordinator for CAPS, who's been working on the ordinance for more than a year with the committee.
The City Council of San Diego meets today to consider an Office of the City Attorney's draft of a CAPS proposed ordinance prohibiting the sale of factory-bred dogs, cats and rabbits in retail stores within San Diego. Over 30 cities across the country, a number of them in California like West Hollywood, Glendale, Irvine, and Los Angeles, passed similar legislation.
The Council's Committee on Public Safety and Neighborhood Services meeting includes a discussion of the ordinance details and supporting evidence. CAPS formally introduced the ordinance on March 13, but talks between the City of San Diego and CAPS began as far back as June, 2012. A group of other animal welfare organizations formed later to assist this effort.
David Salinas, owner of San Diego Puppy, will be represented by Mike Canning, CEO of Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, and is expected to speak against the ordinance. According to various sources they will argue shelters and rescues are trying take down the competition by pushing legislation. CAPS own investigation into Salinas' various business, including his pet shop and earlier online ventures, concluded he obtained dogs from known puppy mills.
The meeting will take place today (May 1, 2013) at 2:00 PM PST. Marti Emerald is the current Public Safety and Neighborhood Services chairperson.
Location: Council Committee Room, 12 Floor,
City Administration Building 202 C Street,
San Diego, California.
HOLLEY, NY, February 1, 2013- The annual Hazzard County Squirrel Slam may be a fundraiser for the Holley Fire Department, but for animal lovers everywhere the event is a nightmare. Companion Animal Protection Society, a national non-profit dedicated to protecting companion animals of all species, is calling for a boycott of the event and a global campaign to stop it.
Companion Animal Protection Society protests pet shop in Lisle, Illinois for selling puppy mill dogs.
LISLE, IL, February 2, 2013 – Local pet shop Puppy Parlor advertises on their website huge store-wide sales but they exclude puppies. They find other ways to entice buyers with already low prices on dogs. The problem: selling pets from puppy mills might be a cost cutting move, but it comes with a high collateral price.
For Immediate Release
Barkworks Pet Store Folds Under Pressure From Anti- Pet Shop/Puppy Mill Nonprofit
Following a protracted anti-puppy mill campaign by The Companion Animal Protection Society, the Barkworks pet store in Los Angeles’ Westside Pavilion will be closing.
LOS ANGELES – The Westside Pavilion location of Barkworks, the largest pet shop chain in the Los Angeles area, is closing for good on Monday. Barkworks has been the target of investigations and campaign outreach by the Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS), a national nonprofit whose primary focus is the pet shop and puppy mill industry.