On 14 March the EU parliament voted in favour of MEP Stefan Eck’s own initiative Report on minimum standards for the protection of farm rabbits in Europe.
The European Commission has to propose, within an appropriate time frame, a legislative proposal on minimum standards for the protection of farmed rabbits.
There are over 340 million rabbits farmed in the EU and no specific EU legislation on minimum standards for the protection of rabbits so far existed. This is a step forward not only regarding to the rabbits welfare, protecting and improving the living and slaughter conditions. It will also have a positive impact on farm management and practices, in respect to their biological and behavioural needs.
Access to the report is available here .