A proposal is being considered to reintroduce rabbit battery farming in the UK, and an online petition has been created to prevent it from happening. The petition was started by Gill Wright of Castle Gresley in Derbyshire and her brother Paul Elwood when she discovered a meat rabbit breeding operation had been proposed on property near her home.
Here are highlights of the situation as reported by Helen Kreft in the Burton Mail:
She said: “It shows that people don’t want it on their doorstep and they don’t want it full stop.
“The practice of breeding rabbits for meat is not illegal but we didn’t know this kind of business is still going on. We need to make people aware of what is happening.”
Thomas and Pauline Dowd, of Chaddesden, Derby, have applied to South Derbyshire District Council for permission to also install temporary accommodation for themselves on their land.
The application says an existing stable on the 2.79-acre site would act as one rabbit unit, and there would be a total of nine windowless rabbit units.
Each shed, measuring around eight metres by four metres, would house up to 25 rabbits at any one time.
There would also be two wormery boxes measuring seven metres by two metres.
The application states that breeding rabbits would be individually housed in suspended wire cages and dry faeces and urine would fall to the floor to be cleaned twice a day or more frequently if required.
As well as contacting various animal rights groups, Mrs Wright has put up posters and given out flyers urging people to object.
The full text of the news report is available online at http://www.burtonmail.co.uk/News/Rabbit-farm-petitions-top-800-names-08102012.htm
The petition to stop rabbit farming in Castle Gresley states in part: “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.”
Here is a link to sign the online petition: http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/stop-rabbit-farming-in-castle-gresley.html
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