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 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 .
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