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French animal rights groups denounce rabbit breeding in cages

France is one of the largest producers of rabbit meat. Each year 30 million rabbits are killed in slaughterhouses. That's more than the number of pigs (24 million) and cattle (4.6 million) combined.

RFI: ‘French animal rights activists have released a video showing rabbits being bred in inhumane conditions, piled one on top of another in metal cages and injected with various antibiotics in order to survive. The images were shot between late May and August 2019 in Nueil-les-Aubiers, a village in the Deux-Sèvres department of western France. At the time of filming there were some 8,000 rabbits, being raised for human consumption. The video shows rabbits packed in tight metal cages, some which allowed “barely an A5-sized paper per rabbit”, and some individual cages just 20 cm wide, according to the L214 animal rights group. There were also dead rabbits among the living, the group said…

France is the second largest producer of rabbit meat, behind Spain and ahead of Italy. Each year 30 million rabbits are killed in slaughterhouses in France. That’s more than the number of pigs (24 million) and cattle (4.6 million) together, according to L214’s figures. Last year the group, along with the NGO CIWF, launched the animal welfare group “Compassion in World Farming”, and took part with 170 other groups in a European Citizens Initiative called #EndTheCageAge. They’re trying to collect a million signatures by 11 September 2019 to pressure the European Commission to make a decision on cage farming’. SOURCE…


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