Rabbit represents a very low cost meat as rabbits breed easily and grow quickly. As such, rabbit meat is as an attractive option for intensive factory farming. Despite their apparent robustness, rabbits most certainly don’t react well in such an alien environment, and accepted production mortality levels often exceed 20%.
Today, rabbit is intensively farmed in many parts of mainland Europe, where demand for the meat remains high. This demand is met by intensive factory farms in France, Spain, Belgium, and Italy, among others.
FOUR PAWS is calling for an EU ban on caged rabbit farming and raised its animal welfare concerns with members of the European Parliament earlier this year.
We are also currently campaigning in the UK to end the use of imported caged rabbit meat in pet food.