Sunday, 22 May 2011

Pet rabbits are cruelly neglected and mistreated in Britain, survey finds

Study suggests 75% of two million pet rabbits are badly cared for and commonly misunderstood by families who look after them. Guardian newspaper, UK

"From Brer Rabbit to Peter, the enduring appeal of the rabbit has led to it becoming one of Britain's favourite pets – only beaten into third place by dogs and cats.

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. However, according to a new survey, 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 responsibilty; 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.

Animal campaigners are so concerned by the situation that this week has been designated a rabbit awareness week."

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