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New rabbit investigation: help End the Cage Age

October 14, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments
Cages are one of the most inexcusable, outdated technologies in factory farming. They thwart many of a farm animal’s natural instincts: to roam, to run, to seek companionship, to be alone, or simply to stretch. A cage makes it impossible for animals to express the behaviours that make their species unique.
That is why Compassion has launched End the Cage Age – our ambitious, breakthrough campaign to end the use of all cages in EU farming.
Will you help us? You can start today by demanding an end to cages for farmed rabbits.
Why are we starting with rabbits?
More rabbits are kept in cages than any other farm animal in the EU.
Rabbits are the second most farmed species in Europe – over 330 million are reared every year (that’s more than all of the EU’s pigs and cows combined).
And almost all these rabbits are reared in cages.
Rabbit farm investigations
Through the summer of 2014, Compassion’s Investigation Unit operated undercover in 16 separate rabbit farms throughout Italy, Greece, Czech Republic, Poland and Cyprus. What they found was appalling.
Since Compassion’s initial undercover work on Europe’s rabbit farms in 2012, we have made real progress identifying humane alternatives to barren cages. But, sadly, this year’s wide-ranging investigation revealed just how far from humane most of Europe’s rabbit farms are right now.
Time and again, our team found unspeakable welfare conditions, the most barren environments imaginable, and hotbeds for disease, dependent on the routine use of antibiotics just to keep animals alive.
The video footage and some of the images from the investigation may shock you, but this only goes to highlight why we need to act. Take action today.
Please take the time to sign the petition. Call on Members of the European Parliament and all 28 European Agriculture Ministers to demand legislation to end the use of cages in rabbit farming.
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