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Rabbits Suffer Animal Cruelty on Black Market

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By Leslie Sykes

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- It's a crime that's committed every day in downtown Los Angeles: animal cruelty. Baby bunnies just a few days old are sold on street corners by illegal animal vendors. The bunnies are kept in filthy conditions. Many are sick or dying when they're sold. Police and animal activists trying to stop this practice.

A baby bunny draws its last breaths, dying because it was taken from its mother too soon.

It's a scene that plays out over and over again, a story that begins on the streets of downtown L.A.

Performing a raid, Los Angeles Police officers arrest an animal vendor. The haul? Twenty-two bunnies, 10 birds and 40 baby turtles.

"The rabbits will be lucky if they live past four days," said LAPD officer Matt Shafer. "The turtles, some of them live, some of them die, but the majority of them are all covered in salmonella."

"Their eyes start getting open when they're seven days old, and you can see they're barely open right now," said Lejla Hadzimuratovic, founder of Bunny World Foundation.

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