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Rabbit Welfare

Thursday 28 December 2017

Did you know that Rabbits are the third most popular pet after cats and dogs and a startling fact now, as rabbits have become the most abused pet in the country, which is not only sad but also very shocking?

The animals can live for up to eight years and cost £4,000 over their lifetime, over 90% of children and rabbit owners get bored of owning the pets, often resulting in them being forgotten, let in their hutches in poor conditions and often in worse scenarios leading to their death. Stats from the RSPCA animal charity survey found that 70% of rescued rabbits had been kept hutched 24 hours a day, with no exercise, clean bedding or hutch and no fresh foods with an average amount of people abandoning them after just three months.
 

But new evidence suggests they are also one of the most cruelly neglected and misunderstood. There are up to two million rabbits being kept and bred in the backyards and gardens of the UK. Up to three quarters of them are being badly treated. Not only are they being kept in woefully cramped conditions, a situation for which the pet industry bears a heavy responsibility; they are also becoming sick through being fed the wrong food.

A majority of the rabbit owners asked did not know what the correct diet for their pet was, and almost half didn't know that rabbits needed space in which to exercise.
 

If you would like further information in regards to keeping a rabbit or thinking of getting one to help you make the life of your rabbit a wonderful one, then please visit the Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund.

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