Protect Rabbits in Los Angeles

Target: Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD)

Goal: Encourage LAPD to arrest illegal rabbit vendors in Los Angeles

At markets stationed across Los Angeles, retailers are selling tiny infant rabbits. The rabbits, small enough to fit in the palm of a human hand, are far too young to be separated from their mothers. They are kept in tiny, dirty cages, fed terrible food, and are often stricken with disease. The vendors show little mercy for these creatures and many make significant profits selling the animals to unsuspecting customers.

Thankfully, a recent law passed by the city prohibits the retailing of animals on the streets of Los Angeles. Both buyers and sellers of these tiny rabbits receive steep fines for their actions, and the animals are confiscated. Furthermore, the vendors are prohibited from both selling more animals and participating in street markets.

However, while this law went into effect almost one year ago, rabbit vendors are still prominent in Los Angeles. Their sidewalk stations are easily visible and even have signs advertising the animals they’re selling. They do not fear prosecution because the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) does not take great strides to arrest them. The department claims that protecting animals is important, but rabbit vendors continue to sell their tiny, sick animals on the streets. Those vendors the LAPD does arrest find their way back to selling animals very quickly. They clearly do not respect this new law because the police do not strictly enforce its rules.

Selling sick baby animals on the street is unacceptable. It is also unacceptable for the LAPD to ignore the city’s laws. As of last year, rabbits being sold on the street have legal protection. People who continue to sell the animals are breaking the law and need to be arrested. Without the threat of arrest, the vendors will continue to profit from the sale of baby animals too young to even eat solid food. Tell the LAPD to do its job.

PETITION LETTER

Dear Los Angeles Police Department,

Policing Los Angeles can’t be an easy job.  The city has numerous problems that require your attention, and it’s impossible to enforce every law each minute of the day.

While violent crime and other wrongdoings will take precedent, the baby rabbits in your city also need help. The rabbits, many so small they could fit in the palm of your hand, are being sold every day at street markets. They are far too young to be separated from their mothers, and they are kept in tiny, dirty cages, fed terrible food, and are often stricken with disease. The vendors show little mercy for the rabbits, and many make significant profits selling the animals to unsuspecting customers.

Thankfully, a recent law prohibits the retailing of any animals on the streets of Los Angeles. But the vendors are still prominent and continue to make a profit. While arresting murderers and drug dealers is very important, prohibiting vendors from selling rabbits is also significant. These people are breaking the law, and their animals are suffering greatly. If more arrests were made by your department, the vendors would hopefully stop or at least curb their behavior. If nothing else, they would understand that there is a harsh penalty for selling sick baby rabbits on the street.

You have the power to help the animals in your city.  Please consider arresting more illegal rabbit vendors.  Thank you.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Mike Perry via WikiCommons

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  1. People who buy these hapless animals don’t realize that like cute puppies and kittens, they grow up and need care and maintenance.

  2. Carol Dibbens says:

    There should be laws against vendors selling any creatures that are under age Its not fair to the owners that take them on and even less unfair to the animals We dont know how they suffer We can only imagine I hope the day comes when no animals are sold in shops Its not right

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