Stop Cruelly Raising Rabbits in Tiny, Cramped Cages

Target: Christian Schmidt, Minister of Food and Agriculture

Goal: Help bring rabbit farm cruelty to an end in Germany.

Rabbits kept on German farms are being raised in incredibly cruel conditions according to the German animal welfare group, Deutscher Tierschutzbund. They are kept in cramped metal cages which lead to injuries as well as extreme emotional stress.

The rabbits will often develop abscesses on their paws and experience digestion problems because of the terrible diet they are being fed. Rabbits are social creatures that like to hop around, chew on wood and interact with other rabbits. Being unable to do any of that is what brings on their emotional stress. These leads them to start acting aggressively because they are so unhappy.

German consumers purchase around 30 million rabbits every year. A quarter of that number are slaughtered and eaten while the rest are sold as pets and presents. This number often hits its peak around Easter and it did so this year. But rabbits do not make good pets for children. The constant lifting and stroking that young children do with their pets cause the rabbits even more stress.

The current law in Germany only dictates the size and structure of the cages rabbits are kept in. It also only requires farmers to check on the rabbits two times a day for signs of illness. However, even with these regulations rabbits are still kept in cramped cages and are getting sick. Sign this petition to demand that legislation is created to ensure better living conditions for these animals.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Schmidt,

Rabbits are purchased by consumers in Germany in large numbers, but the conditions that rabbits are being kept in on German farms are cruel and damaging to the animals. The cramped metal cages are inflicting injuries that take both a physical and mental toll on the rabbits — including hurt paws and emotional stress.

Current German law only dictates the size and structure of the cages the rabbits are kept in and only requires farmers to check on them two times a day. These laws are not enough and the rabbits are still suffering.

Rabbits are social beings that like to hop around, chew on wood and freely interact with other rabbits. Their living conditions need to be improved to meet those needs. We encourage you to create legislation that will enhance rabbit living conditions and give them the better quality of life that they deserve to have.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: John Hifi

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8 Comments

  1. HELLO,THESE PRECIOUS CREATURES SHOULD BE TREATED WITH DIGNITY, RESPECT AND LOVE AND PLACED IN A PROPER ENVIRONMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. All animals should be kept in humane conditions and they can be, it just takes some effort. I’m not sure if the petition is against the size of the cages OR rabbit farming in general. Nor do I believe that the German government will care what we think.

  3. Caryl Sawyer says:

    Germany, you know better! Shame!

  4. Jaime Perez says:

    Those stupid morons, animals have feelings too. The poor rabbits need to be treated better. Better yet, just shut this place down and stop bringing more and more rabbits into this world – only to suffer at the hands of idiots.

  5. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared❗️😒

  6. Eva Cantu says:

    THIS IS ANIMAL CRUELTY AND IT NEEDS TO STOP NOW! SHUT THESE GREEDY PEOPLE DOWN AND PUT THEM IN JAIL.

  7. the hell is everywhere where the innocent and defenseless animals tortured, tormented and murdered.
    the HUMAN is for these poor animals HELL
    Close to this accursed hell – final and immediately
    let the animals LIFE

  8. Kathy Khoshfahm says:

    Christian – housing rabbits in such small cages is barbaric. OMG. This is torture at its finest! Please! Use your power and position to change this practice right now. OMG…

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