During 2017 information gathered on health and welfare of farmed domestic rabbits will be published in 2018 in an overview report in 2018. The report aims at understanding the rabbit production sector, identify good practices relating to the health, welfare and housing of rabbits reared for meat production. Further information is available here.
On March 14th MEPs will vote on the Report on minimum standards for the protection of farm rabbits 2016/2077(INI). The Report calls on the European Commission to consider the need for higher welfare systems for rabbits and present legislative proposals on setting minimum standards (more background information: click here)
An Initiative Report on the welfare of rabbits was done by MEP Stefan Eck and lead to a Motion for a Resolution done by the AGRI Committee.
Please read the Resolution and the Report here http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&reference=A8-2017-0011&format=XML&language=EN
After receiving the report of the Rapporteur Stefan Eck on the minimum standards for the protection of farm rabbits, the European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI) discussed recommendations for the adoption of the new EU legislation.
"Most rabbits kept for meat consumption are held in so-called 'battery cages'. The small space provided per rabbit makes it impossible for the animals to satisfy their species-specific needs. Moreover, due to the lack of stimulus, behavioral disorders often appear such as stereotyped movements, self-mutilation and even cannibalism. Loud noise that results from the stereotyped jumping of rabbits in their cages is an additional disturbance, as rabbits are inherently noise-sensitive animals."
The initiative is ment to encourage the European Commission to present an ambitious draft legislative proposal on animal welfare in rabbit farming aiming to close the existing lopholes and taking on board the recommendation of the European Parliament
More in here.
by MEPs Sophie Montel, Dominique Bilde, Mireille D'Ornano, Florian Philippot
Motion for a European Parliament resolution on a ban on importing angora fur and rabbit hides from China
The European Parliament,
– having regard to Council Directive 98/58/EC of 20 July 1998 concerning the protection of animals kept for farming purposes,
– having regard to the European Parliament resolution of 4 July 2012 on the European Union Strategy for the Protection and Welfare of Animals 2012–2015,
– having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,
A. whereas the volume of imports of angora fur and rabbit hides from China to the European Union is constantly rising;
B. whereas China does not have the same standards (animal welfare, environment) in fur farming as the EU;
C. whereas a great many animal welfare associations have denounced the abominable conditions in which rabbits are farmed in China (angora rabbits skinned alive rather than clipping or plucking them, just to save time);
D. whereas owing to pressure from consumers, a great many ready-to-wear brands have decided to stop using rabbit fur from China;
1. Calls for a ban on importing angora fur and rabbit hides from China into the European Union;
2. Instructs its President to forward this resolution, together with the names of the signatories, to the Commission, the Council and the Member States.
26 November 2013
Mara Bizzotto (EFD)
Key Words: stop selling the meat of rabbits reared on battery farms
30 october 2013
Marc Tarabella (S&D), Jean Louis Cottigny (S&D)
23 April 2012 E-004203/2012 Sir Graham Watson (ALDE)
16 April 2012 E-003910/2012 Sergio Paolo Frances Silvestris (PPE)