VICTORY! Cruel Staffordshire Rabbit Farm Rejected Again
PETA is celebrating the Planning Inspectorate’s decision to reject an appeal that, if successful, would have allowed a cruel rabbit farm to be built in Staffordshire. This decision will spare countless gentle rabbits a life of misery in cramped factory-farm cages and a terrifying death at the abattoir.
The application for this horrific facility was originally rejected by Stafford Borough Council in 2016, after more than 17,000 compassionate PETA supporters signed a petition against the plans. The company behind the proposed facility then submitted an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate in an attempt to overturn the council’s decision and allow the plans to go ahead. This time, nearly 25,000 PETA supporters took action, and the appeal has now been thrown out, meaning that the farm will definitely not be built.
The facility would have confined playful, sociable rabbits to cramped cages. The animals wouldn’t have been able to stretch out, rear up on their hind legs, gnaw, hop, dig, or engage in any of the other kinds of natural behaviour that are essential to their well-being. Once they were big enough, they would have been sent to the abattoir and killed.
Even though farming animals for their fur is illegal in the UK, a substantial part of this farm’s profits would have come from selling the rabbits’ skins as “by-products”. This could have potentially paved the way for fur farming to sneak in through the back door in Britain.
Thank you to everyone who spoke up for rabbits and helped make sure that this appalling farm won’t be built!
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