Rabbit battery farming could return to the UK for the first time in 15 years. This cruel practice sees rabbits kept in small wire cages in windowless sheds with no opportunity for natural behaviour such as digging, foraging, running and hiding. We are moving away from battery farming for other animals - why reintroduce it now for rabbits?
The British public have reacted with distaste to this spate of planning applications for battery rabbit farms because rabbits are usually thought of as pets in the UK. Bunnyhugga is spearheading the campaign against these proposals with support from the Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund because this could also undermine decades of work to improve pet rabbit welfare, still the most neglected pet in Britain. The RWAF point out that many pet rabbits live in hutches smaller than those laid out by law for rabbit battery farms.
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We the undersigned, object to the planning applications currently under consideration which would reintroduce rabbit battery farming to the UK.
We believe this practice would be distasteful to the British public, the majority of which think of rabbits as pets and that the demand is not sufficient to justify intensive battery farming which causes great suffering to the animals.
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