Statement taken from Care2:
Sadly, rabbits are one of the most neglected of pets. Animal rescue centres in the UK are overflowing with unwanted pet rabbits that are desperate for a loving home. Despite this, Glen Bruce, who already runs a pet breeding business, has applied for planning permission for a new pet rabbit breeding facility in Lincolnshire.
Selling rabbits and other small animals in pet shops encourages impulse buying, which is dangerous because many people are ignorant to a rabbit’s needs. For example, many don’t realise that a rabbit needs the company of another rabbit in order to be happy. While a good rescue centre would do a home visit to see if the person’s home is suitable to adopt an animal, breeding facilities rarely take this precautionary step.
“Hundreds of thousands of rabbits face an unhappy, lonely existence in cramped accommodation, whilst being fed an inappropriate diet and suffering from a range of painful diseases.” PDSA Senior Veterinary Surgeon Sean Wensley.
Pet owners give 67,000 rabbits to rescue centres every year in the UK, and many more abandon these animals into the wild, leading to almost certain death. Petition author Christine says, “I was a Rehoming Co-ordinator for a local animal rescue centre so I know that rescues are inundated with unwanted rabbits – the county does not need a pet breeding facility to make matters worse.”