Taxpayer funded Bunny Massages have been all over the news in the last week along with nine other wasteful taxpayer funded projects.
The National Institutes of Health did a study involving Swedish Massages for rabbits to the tune of $387,000. Eighteen New Zealand white rabbits received 30-minute massages, four times a day. Hey, I am all for massages for rabbits. They deserve it since they are routinely brutalized in most other experiments. As a species rabbits are sacrificed by the millions in the name of science, fashion and dinner.
The really crazy part of the entire study for me wasn’t wasteful spending since I think all rabbits should be pampered. It is much worse. It has been reported the rabbits were euthanized after the study was completed. That’s right – massaged and then killed! It is a turn of events guaranteed to ruin any spa day. The rabbits were not infected with disease or sick. In fact, I would suspect all the rabbits were in peak health. Yet the NIH in all their wisdom killed 18 New Zealand rabbits I know as a breed can be affectionate companions for people. Senator Tom Coburn may stir up public outrage over wasted taxpayer money, but what about the animals?
(Pictured rescue rabbits Tansy - Rex breed and big beautiful Rosie - New Zealand White Breed)