Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Hutch is Not Enough Campaign

RWACruelsticker (12K)Did you know it was the Victorians who first kept rabbits in hutches - a short term storage solution before the animals went to the pot?
We've moved on a great deal since then, but the habit of keeping rabbits in hutches has stuck.
Rabbits are not designed to live in a confined space. In the wild they cover an area equivalent to 30 football pitches. They're not designed to live alone either - wild rabbits live in large social groups, foraging, grooming each other and huddling together for warmth. Rabbits living alone experience high levels of stress.
Domestic rabbits are not fundamentally far removed from their wild cousins. They share the same need to run, jump, explore and share companionship with their own kind, so their accommodation must allow them to display these natural behaviours.
Read more about the specifics here at the Rabbit Welfare and Association Fund.

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