Rabbit Restrainers. Okay, I know you’re probably thinking that this guy is really strange to be blogging on an item that looks like a bunny torture device. My daughter wasn’t very happy with me either when I was telling her about a device that I sell, designed to restrain rabbits. But as adults and for you lab rats out there, I’m sure you understand the benefits that the results will ultimately provide to improve human life.
Rabbits are used in experiments to study cardiovascular disease, skin conditions, and spinal cord injuries, just to name a few. They have also been used widely for the study of atherosclerosis, the leading cause of mortality in Western society. Rabbits will exhibit hypercholesterolaemia within a few days of an administration of a high cholesterol diet. They apparently are very sensitive to the inducement of atheromatic lesions. The administration of different types of diets can cause different types of lesions. Although these lesions do not develop as tissue plaques, a great number of researchers use rabbits as models to test the effectiveness of drugs because of their similarity to human fatty streaks.
Unfortunately, in past, laboratory testing and experimentation was not very humane and often quite cruel, resulting in excruciatingly painful tests, which after the tests were finished, the animals were killed.
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), who are supported by celebrities like Paul McCartney, Joan Jett, Joaquin Phoenix and James Cromwell, have made a huge difference as to how animals are treated and in many cases have been instrumental in changing the practices to non-animal methods of testing.