Fran Healy Joins PETA in Opposing Cruel Rabbit Prison

For Immediate Release:

1 August 2016


Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 222; [email protected]


Travis Singer Joins Over 17,000 Others in Calling for Rejection of Application for Facility That Would Keep Animals in Tiny Cages

Stafford, Staffordshire – Fran Healy, the lead singer of legendary indie rock band Travis, is hopping mad following the submission of a planning application to build an intensive rabbit farm in his native Staffordshire. Healy joins over 17,000 locals and concerned members of the public who’ve signed a PETA petition urging the Stafford Borough Council to reject the application, which, if approved, would condemn countless rabbits to lives of misery.

“PETA, Fran Healy, and thousands of concerned citizens are urging the Council to see the light – something rabbits on factory farms seldom get to do – and reject this application”, says PETA Director Mimi Bekhechi. “Rabbits raised on factory farms rarely, if ever, smell fresh air or feel the warmth of the sun on their backs before they’re sent off to slaughter.”

As PETA warns in its petition, the cages that the rabbits would be kept in appear to be only around 70 cm long and 40 cm high, meaning that the rabbits would be unable to stretch out, rear up on their hind legs, hop, dig, or carry out other natural behaviour. It’s also likely that they would be kept in individual barren cages without any enrichment or bedding, causing great distress for the highly social animals.

The proposed farm would probably also generate large quantities of environmental pollutants, such as manure and toxic chemicals, and the resulting contamination of water supplies could have a negative impact on wildlife. On a larger scale, the meat industry is among the main contributors of the greenhouse-gas emissions that cause climate change.

PETA’s letter to the Stafford Borough Council is available upon request. For more information, please visit