Rabbit meat from Europe’s caged factory farms is being imported into the UK for use in pet food.
The conditions in which these rabbits are farmed do not meet the animals’ welfare needs. The rabbits spend their whole lives in small, shared wire cages which constrict their movement. They remain in these cages until they are sent to be slaughtered.
As happens in all factory farming systems, many of the animals die before they reach the age to be slaughtered, due to poor hygiene and the spread of disease within the crowded outbuildings. Data provided by DEFRA shows that meat from approximately 300,000 rabbits are imported to the UK each year from factory farms in other parts of the EU.
Four Paws UK believes pet owners are unaware of the cruelty behind the pet food they are purchasing. They are now aiming to stop the import of caged rabbits to the UK, and are calling for UK retailers (including Sainsburys, Asda, Waitrose, Morrisons, Co-op, Aldi and Lidl) to commit to stop using imported caged rabbit meat in their products.
Please sign the petition today and tell your friends, family and anyone else you know.