Animal Rights

A New Reason for Rabbits To Avoid Foxholes

The U.S. military has handily defeated Yugoslavia and Iraq, but it may have more trouble in its p.r. battle against animal-rights activists. They're protesting the Pentagon's procurement of rabbits for troops to kill and eat as part of soldiers' survival training. Service members trapped behind enemy lines may have to live for days on the run, and the ability to find food can be critical to their survival, defense officials say. That's why the Air Force routinely orders hundreds of 5-lb. rabbits ("any color...any breed," according to a purchase request) for $7 each. Instructional aids for the survival course include a...

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