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Farmed rabbits must be protected

Catherine Bearder, a Liberal Democrat MEP, welcomes the new minimum standards proposed to improve the welfare of farmed rabbits.

Over 1.07 billion rabbits are slaughtered each year as the drive for global rabbit meat production continues to increase. This meant rabbits became the second most frequently farmed species after chickens in the EU in 2014.

Rabbits must have more space, the reports says. They must be also offered a better variety of food and a more natural level of social interaction.

Catherine Bearder MEP said:

“The EU must continue to maintain high levels of animal welfare - this is why I am supporting the proposed changes.”

“Not everyone is aware of the conditions of farmed rabbits, but the time has come to ensure they are treated as well as other farmed animals.”

“These measures will ensure rabbits are kept in more humane conditions. It is right to ensure these animals face a healthy and happy life.”

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