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Rabbits are frequent victims of animal experimenters because they are mild-tempered and easy to handle, confine, and breed—more than 161,000 of them are abused in U.S. laboratories every year.
Despite the availability of more modern, humane, and effective alternatives, rabbits are still tormented in the notorious Draize eye irritancy test, in which substances such as personal care products, household cleaning products, and their ingredients are applied to their eyes often causing redness, swelling, discharge, ulceration, hemorrhaging, cloudiness, or blindness.
The rabbits are killed after the experiment is over. And even though internationally accepted non-animal methods exist, in skin corrosion tests, rabbits’ backs are shaved and corrosive chemicals are applied to their raw skin and left there for up to two weeks. These chemicals often burn the skin, leading to tissue damage. Rabbits are also given no pain relief during this excruciatingly painful test, and after the test is finished, they are killed.