Great News! Buckinghamshire Council Rejects Rabbit Farm Plans

Posted by on May 12, 2021 | Permalink

We are hopping up and down in celebration of Buckinghamshire Council’s compassionate decision to reject plans for an enormous rabbit farm that, if approved, would have seen around 10,000 rabbits a year slaughtered for their flesh and fur.

The application to the council’s planning department by Phil Kerry of T&S Nurseries – who already owns several rabbit farms across the country and has recently had similar plans rejected by Cornwall Council – sought permission to erect a facility that would have confined 250 female rabbits and treated them as breeding machines. Workers would have routinely sexually exploited them, forcing them to breed over and over again to produce around 10,000 babies per year.

After receiving tens of thousands of complaints, including a letter from PETA – signed by over 33,000 of our supporters – the council ruled in our favour and rejected the application.

Thanks to everyone who spoke out and objected to the plans!

Why Did We Submit a Petition to Buckinghamshire Council?

Just like us, rabbits can feel pain and distress. On farms, they suffer both physically and psychologically because they are denied the opportunity to engage in natural behaviour like digging, racing, jumping, and hopping. This severe lack of exercise can weaken their bones.

Rabbits can live for up to nine years, but those on this farm would likely have been sent to slaughter at just 8 to 12 weeks old. Their mothers would have been slaughtered before their third birthday – when they stop producing enough babies to be profitable for breeders – but many would have died of disease on the farm before then.

At the abattoir, the terrified rabbits would have been hung upside down to be stunned before their throats were cut. As stunning is often carried out incorrectly, many rabbits would have experienced excruciating pain and terror as they died.

Sneaking Fur Farming Through the Back Door

The farm would also have made a profit from selling the rabbits’ skins, under the guise that these are a “by-product” of their flesh – even though fur farming has been banned in the UK since 2000. If the farm had been approved, this would have undermined the fur-farming ban and let this abhorrent industry back into the UK.

Take a look at this PETA exposé to see the horrors that rabbits face when farmed for their fur:

Fur has no place in a modern society. Take action and sign our petition for a #FurFreeBritain:

Support a #FurFreeBritain

Jo-Anne McArthur / #MakeFurHistory

We Don’t Need Another Rabbit Farm

Currently in the UK, rabbit viral haemorrhagic disease 2, which results in an agonising death for rabbits, is spreading rapidly and is prevalent on rabbit farms. Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the last thing the country needs is another animal farm.

What’s Next?

Although the council rejected these plans, we know that the applicants will try again.

We’ll continue to oppose every cruel farm plan that’s put forward. If you want to be alerted when future plans are proposed and be one of the first to take action, join our Action Team: