Target: European Commission’s Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dacian Ciolos
Goal: End the cruel treatment of rabbits on rabbit farms
Even though rabbits are the second most farmed animal in the European Union, relatively no regulations exist to protect these animals from abuse. Most rabbits live in cramped, dirty cages where they don’t even have enough room to hop, walk, or stretch out. The majority of rabbits are farmed for their meat, and contrary to popular belief, only a small percentage of rabbit meat comes from wild or free-range rabbits.
Most rabbit farming takes place in France, Spain, and Italy, on farms of varying sizes. Rabbits are kept in bare wire cages that are then stacked one on top of the other. There are usually around eight rabbits in each small cage, so that each individual rabbit only has a few inches of space. This means they have absolutely no room for movement, and in some cases, the cage isn’t even large enough to allow the rabbit to lift his ears. The cages have no bedding, no comforts, and no floor coverings. This lack of floor covering makes it so the rabbits are constantly standing on rough bare wire, causing them to develop sores on the pads of their feet. Instead of helping the injured rabbits, the farmer will kill them early.
If a rabbit manages to survive until the normal time for slaughter, it will still be young. Most rabbits in the wild live to be around eight years old, and pet rabbits can live to be around 15. Farm rabbits are killed for their meat when they are only 3 months old.
The process of farming rabbits for their meat could be vastly improved with the introduction of EU regulations to ensure they’re receiving proper care and living in humane conditions. Demand the EU enact legislation to protect these tiny creatures.
Dear Directorate-General Dacian Ciolos,
The European Union has been making remarkable strides in animal rights recently. New regulations have been enacted to protect a wide variety of animals, and the international community has applauded these actions. Now, however, it is time to take the next step.
The rabbit farms in the EU are home to a number of horrific abuses, and they have been garnering global outrage. These are not difficult problems to fix or regulate. The animals simply need safety, humane treatment, and adequate housing with room to move around. These are things that they deserve as living creatures, and it is time to grant these things to them.
By regulating rabbit farms, the EU will continue on its respected path towards a safer world for animals, and it will earn the applause of the global community. By taking simple steps to protect rabbits, the EU will have made the world a better, safer place for the world as a whole. It is time to end one more horrific practice, and make mandatory the humane treatment of these animals.
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