New Footage Exposes Cruelty to Rabbits in Italy

Posted by on April 17, 2019 | Permalink

Imprisoned in cramped wire cages inside a dirty, barren shed, the rabbits seen in the video below endure the same miserable conditions as millions of others across the EU. They have no other choice but to stand or lie down on the bare wire flooring – which can cause them severe pain and discomfort – and the cages are so small that they can barely take more than a couple of hops in any direction or even stand upright. This is how they’ll spend their entire lives.

This footage reveals the findings of a new hidden-camera investigation of rabbit farms in Italy by Compassion in World Farming. The conditions shown are standard practice for rabbit farming across the EU, where almost all commercially farmed rabbits are confined to cages so severely crowded that the standing space available to each animal is smaller than a single sheet of A4 paper.

A life behind bars with no access to sunlight or fresh air and no opportunity to move freely is no life at all. This appalling suffering must be stopped.

© Compassion in World Farming

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