Gallery: Whole Foods’ Sale of Rabbit Meat Sparks Widespread Protest Pla...

That rabbits are now the third most popular companion mammal in the U.S. after dogs and cats also goes a long way to explaining why so many community members object to their consumption. It is estimated that there approximately three million pet rabbits in the country. Whole Foods currently stocks rabbit meat in selected stores in Northern California, the mid-Atlantic, the Midwest, the north Atlantic, Northeast, South and Pacific Northwest.

Whole Foods has been selling farmed rabbit meat in selected outlets across the U.S. for most of the summer. The company claims this is in response to customer demand, but the product has met with a very negative reaction from animal lovers and activists. Calls to boycott the chain have been in effect since June, but now rabbit advocacy groups are calling for a day of action this Saturday 17 August, 2014. Read on for details.

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