As it’s #InternationalRabbitDay this weekend (28th September), we’re taking this opportunity to celebrate our recent victory for rabbits, together with some interesting facts that you may not have known about these fascinating animals!
Did you know?
Thankfully, in our recent campaign win, FOUR PAWS UK announced the end of pet food containing rabbit meat in UK supermarkets! Morrisons was the last of the UK retailers to commit to removing the items. This means that intensively farmed rabbit meat is no longer available in UK supermarkets.
Keeping rabbits in intensive farming conditions is incredibly cruel, as these highly sociable animals are unable to express their natural behaviours.
Sadly, intensive rabbit farming is not against the law in the UK, so we will continue to monitor the situation to make sure products containing intensively farmed rabbit meat do not end up back on supermarket shelves!
- The world’s largest rabbit is called the ‘Flemish giant rabbit’! This breed of rabbit can reach up to 2.5 feet in length and weigh up to 22 pounds, this is roughly the size of a toddler!
- Baby rabbits are called kittens.
- Rabbits are incredibly clean animals and, just like cats, companion rabbits don’t need to be bathed due to devoting many hours every day to cleaning themselves.
- Some of you may already know that rabbits are great at jumping! According to the Guiness World Records, the highest jump by a rabbit reached 3.26 feet, and the farthest reached nearly 10 feet!
- Rabbits love company and can become depressed when they are lonely. It’s important to keep them in pairs or groups if possible, so that they have another rabbit-friend to interact with!