Pel-Freez, The Largest Rabbit Slaughterhouse in the US is Exposed
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Rabbit Cruelty / Last Chance for Animals
May 2015

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Pel-Freez, The Largest Rabbit Slaughterhouse in the US Exposed!

Watch the video and read the investigator's diary here...

Some of the findings of our investigation include...


Before slaughter, a worker known as the "killer" hits the rabbit on the forehead with the dull edge of a knife to try to knock them unconscious. This method is often ineffective, as the video above clearly shows. Many rabbits are struck multiple times, yet never lose consciousness; they remain fully awake throughout the torturous slaughter process.

rabbit slaughterhouse

rabbit slaughterhouse


After the attempted stunning, the killer hangs the rabbit upside down, breaks one of their hind legs, and hangs them from a shackle. The bone may pierce through the skin. Rabbits who are still conscious scream loudly as their leg is snapped in two rabbits are naturally silent animals, so these cries indicate severe pain and trauma.


Broken and shackled, the rabbit will finally be killed. To do this, the killer cuts from the back of the neck to the front with his knife, beheading the animal. As the blade grows dull, more cuts are needed, slowing the process and increasing the agony. Workers must sometimes use a sawing motion and vigorous effort. Rabbits who are still awake continue to scream until the knife finally slices through their vocal cords.

rabbit slaughterhouse

rabbit slaughterhouse

rabbit slaughterhouse

STATEMENT from John Webster, MA, Vet MB (Cantab), PhD, DVM (Hon, London), MRCVS, Professor Emeritus, University of Bristol, UK:

...Rabbits that have their ankles dislocated and are hung on hooks while clearly conscious and in great distress are clearly being subjected to unnecessary and unacceptable suffering. It is clear that some of the personnel are making no attempt to follow good, humane practice.

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