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Petitioning Minister of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in DEFRA. David Heath and 1 other
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Minister of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in DEFRA.
David Heath
Secretary of State, DEFRA
Owen Paterson

change the law to provide better protection for rabbits by B Ashton of England

Because rabbits, according to the RSPCA, are the most neglected and according to the RWF, the most abandoned animal in the United Kingdom. Because over 30,000 in 2010 and over 35,000 rabbits were abandoned to shelters in 2011 and the numbers just keep rising. Rabbits are now rising in popularity as house pets and this is causing pet supply stores like Pets At Home to import popular breeds such as Lionhead baby rabbits from Spain, where they are taken from their mothers at too young an age (recommended is 8 weeks but they are taken at four weeks). Further, breeders should have to be inspected and licensed and adhere to a high standard of quality of life for rabbits. And finally, rabbits kept in hutches live a sad short and cruel life, where they can not run and jump, which is their natural inclination. The law should be raised that they are required to have a sizeable run attached to a hutch if they live outside, one which adheres to the standards recommended by the Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund. People abandon rabbits at a statistic of 50% after only 3 months of purchasing. Shelters and private individuals are taking on the massive burden of trying to save and rehome the abandoned animals. Please do something to make this stop and to improve the lives of these vastly underestimated, intelligent, affectionate, and beautiful animals.

 


Letter to
Minister of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in DEFRA. David Heath
Secretary of State, DEFRA Owen Paterson
I just signed the following petition addressed to: DEFRA.

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change the law to provide better protection for rabbits

Because rabbits, according to the RSPCA, are the most neglected and according to the RWF, the most abandoned animal in the United Kingdom. Because over 30,000 in 2010 and over 35,000 rabbits were abandoned to shelters in 2011 and the numbers just keep rising. Rabbits are now rising in popularity as house pets and this is causing pet supply stores like Pets At Home to import popular breed such as Lionhead baby rabbits from Spain, where they are taken from their mothers at too young an age (recommended is 8 weeks but they are taken at four weeks). Further, breeders should have to be inspected and licensed and adhere to a high standard of quality of life for rabbits. And finally, rabbits kept in hutches live a sad short and cruel life, where they can not run and jump, which is their natural inclination. The law should be raised that they are required to have a sizeable run attached to a hutch if they live outside, one which adheres to the standards recommended by the Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund. People abandon rabbits at a statistic of 50% after only 3 months of purchasing. Shelters and private individuals are taking on the massive burden of trying to save and rehome the abandoned animals. Please do something to make this stop and to imporve the lives of these vastly underestimated, intelligent, affectionate, and beautiful animals.


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Sincerely,