“We are shocked by these images, where farm workers kill young rabbits by blunt force trauma, and sick animals are left for days crammed inside filthy cages with no veterinary treatment. We as a modern and civilised society, should not tolerate these abuses.”
Matteo Cupi, Head of Investigations Animal Equality
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Please watch the undercover video by Animal Equality – warning very distressing.
Also see shocking photos on flickr from where the above pictures came
Please also read the following information, particularly if you cannot watch the video, and sign the petition
During a two-year long undercover investigation, which included a total of 72 farms and 4 slaughterhouses, it was found that rabbits were killed by blunt force trauma, farmers were observed killing rabbits by hitting them with iron bars, smashing their heads on concrete floors and punching them. Rabbits, including new born undersized babies, were thrown onto concrete floors and both babies and injured rabbits were thrown live into garbage containers left to die slowly from starvation. Sick and injured rabbits with seriously infected wounds were left in tiny cages in their own faeces without veterinary care. Many rabbits cramped into tiny cages bit and fought each other as a result of stress. Shockingly in the above video one vet boasts of animal cruelty while smashing a helpless rabbit on the concrete ground leaving him twitching and writhing in agony. Dead animals are left in cages with live rabbits and rabbits have their throats cut whilst still alive.
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Two of the farms investigated are linked to the English distributor C&D Wines, and the meat was served at English restaurants.
Each year in Europe an astonishing number of rabbits – 332 million – are slaughtered mainly in France, Italy and Spain.
Doesn’t that shock you, 332 million , about the population of the USA in 2006 , living sentient beings kept in shocking conditions and slaughtered to provide you with a food that you really do not need and is not natural. Rabbits have a brain and nervous system and feel pain and suffer as you or I. In fact it is known that rabbits are particularly sensitive to pain. They also experience stress and fear, so sensitive are these gentle timid creatures that a rabbit will scream in fear and may have a heart attack. Moreover like all creatures rabbits simply want to live.
When I mentioned the terrible cruelty that was taking place on Spanish rabbit farms my husband immediately assumed I was speaking about farms in China. Yes indeed we cannot imagine such atrocities taking place within an EU country, a country which we assume is more ethically progressive than most, after all a law was passed in the Spanish Parliament granting human rights to apes the first, and as far as I know, only legislation of its kind anywhere in the world. Yet seemingly nothing is done to ensure rabbits are treated humanely.
Under no circumstances, anywhere in any part of the world can such hideous cruelty be justified. Such shocking callous cruelty to sentient creatures who feel pain, experience fear and suffer just like you or I is morally wrong and cannot be ignored. Rabbits suffer pain just like your cat or dog, yet often rabbits are not regarded in the same way when it comes to abuse. To say I’m shocked in the extreme to find such atrocities taking place on Spanish farms is no exaggeration. To reiterate, rabbits were beaten, left to die in agony cramped in tiny cages in their own excrement, left to suffer the ravages of disease in awful pain and fear and… well I could go on the level of abuse is unbelievable. Shocking, just shocking, how anyone can treat animals so cruelly is incomprehensible to me.
Thankfully someone cares and Animal Equality has taken legal proceedings. The Spanish government has the legal responsibility to take a stand against this dreadful inhumane cruelty, which is not worthy of any ethical nation. Gandhi once said: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”
What does this treatment of helpless rabbits say about Spain?
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Urge the Spanish government to investigate rabbit farms and stop this shocking cruelly. I am certain there are laws in the EU that prohibit this kind of abuse so please take action to end this suffering for these defenceless animals.
Farm Cunicultura Hermanos Vicente – Altura – Comunidad Valenciana
I am a vegan and do not eat or use animal derivatives so do not condone the exploitation of animals in the way. The way to stop this and similar atrocities is to stop eating meat. However in the meantime until the human race develops compassion and respect for the right of life to all beings we need to tirelessly campaign for the banning of such cruelty and the closing down of such places of torment which are not worth of any country which wishes to make ethical progress. In the short-term stiffer sentences need to be applied such as incarceration, fines I feel are not much of a deterrent in the long-term. I hope that one day animals will be left to live their lives as nature intended free from exploitation and negative interference by human beings.