Vote on Welfare Standards of Farm Rabbits

19 January 2017

On the 25th January of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development will vote on the own-initiative report on Minimum Standards for the Protection of Farm Rabbits.

This is an important issue on which the Paul Brannen has received over 14,000 emails calling for the raising of the welfare standards of farm rabbits.


Paul Brannen, Member of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, said:

“The fact that currently in the EU farm rabbits are typically caged and provided with an area of less than two ordinary A4 sheets of paper per rabbit, and with no opportunities to exercise and express their natural behaviour, is indeed of concern.

“Although this vote is not legislative we will send a strong message to European Commission that a legislative proposal on minimal standards for farm rabbits needs to be brought forward quickly.

“It is vital that minimum standards for the protection of farm rabbits should be drawn up and that reducing the use of antibiotics is crucial. Given the positive impact this would have on public health, it is important to recognise this can only be achieved if a stronger emphasis is placed on the management of rabbit farms.”


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