"A full-page ad in the July 28th, 2005 edition of The New York Times (sponsored by The Humane Farming Association, Animal Rights International, and the Animal Welfare Institute) notes that the US Department of Agriculture has classified rabbits as "poultry" to avoid including them under the 1958 Humane Methods of Slaughter Act, from which "poultry" are excluded."
And furthermore, there is no reason for "Poultry" to be excluded from this act. All animals, whether they be Cows, Pigs, Goats, Chickens or Rabbits deserve to be treated with humanity-its bad enough the way they're treated at the slaughterhouses, being confined to small areas, not even able to move around freely-at least give them some compassion when it comes time to slaughter them.
I just found updated information HSUS is trying to get "Poultry" covered under the Act-Please help by signing their petition as well.
Heres where I obtained my information from for the video-
Rabbits Classified as Poultry
Humane Slaughter Act - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia