Plans to set up a meat rabbit farm in Castle Gresley, South Derbysire, UK have been cancelled after an online petition to stop the enterprise gathered more than 1,200 signatures. Hoppington Post reported on the story Monday in an article titled Petition launched to stop meat rabbit farm.
The following are highlights from a report in today’s Derby Telegraph:
Charity Four Paws claimed that farmed rabbits are kept in barren cages in similar conditions to those of factory farmed hens and that the process was morally wrong.
It said such housing has been illegal for hens since January 1 but there are currently no such plans to end their use for rabbits.
Angelique Davies, head of programmes at Four Paws, said: “We applaud the decision to withdraw the rabbit farming application.
“Rabbit farming can be incredibly cruel and the rabbits can suffer severe mental and physical problems.
“These types of farms have no place in the United Kingdom in the 21st century.
“We continue to monitor local council planning applications across the UK to ensure that we and our supporters have an opportunity to oppose any plans to build new rabbit farms in Britain.
“As well as fighting planning applications, we campaign for a ban on the battery cage for farmed rabbits across the UK.”
The full article may be viewed at http://www.thisisderbyshire.co.uk/Charity-applauds-end-cruel-rabbit-farm-plans/story-17072856-detail/story.html
Here is a link to the website of the Four Paws animal charity
Without such technology as social networking and online petitions, it is likely the proposed “cruel” rabbit farm might have escaped the public spotlight. One is therefore grateful for the rapid communication media that helped put an end to a dreadfully inhumane operation.
Photo: Rick Kimpel