Refuse Planning Permission for a Rabbit Slaughterhouse in Derbyshire

Refuse Planning Permission for a Rabbit Slaughterhouse in Derbyshire

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Rabbit Farm Resistance UK started this petition to Derbyshire Dales District Council (Planning Department) and

Another application has been put forward by Phil Kerry, to request planning permission to build a rabbit slaughter facility on his Atlow farm site in Derbyshire.

He came under fire recently for his plans to exploit 250 female rabbits to produce upwards of 10,000 rabbits per year in multiple locations across the country for the meat and fur industry. You may have seen that many of these applications have now been thrown out by the associated councils, but sadly, he does have farms already in operation. One of these was the subject of an undercover investigation by Animal Aid, where they found squalid conditions and that it was far from the "free range" he claims the farms to be. You can see their findings HERE.

We object to this expansion of his exploitative "business" for a great number of reasons which we shall briefly outline below, but at the core we do not believe these sentient animals should be subjected to this cruel life and untimely death. 

Rabbits are complex individuals who deserve so much more than to be used in this way. They are naturally fearful animals who do not cope well in a farming environment, and they will experience extreme stress at slaughter. Investigations into rabbit slaughterhouses are particularly harrowing to witness, their terror clearly visible - they know exactly what is happening to them and their companions. Plus, the average age for slaughter is 8-12 weeks - these rabbits are just babies. We need to be moving past the creation of more avenues to exploit animals - and since there are no UK slaughterhouses currently licensed to slaughter rabbits, it would be taking a backwards step to build one.

We also do not believe a farm which has been shown to have such disregard for the rabbits forced to live in its care is fit to carry out the slaughter process, and we fear for the welfare of the poor individuals who will lose their lives at this facility after their short existence. If the needs of these rabbits is so clearly ignored whilst they are alive, how likely are they to be considered at slaughter?

Phil Kerry operates under the name of "T&S Nurseries", a dissolved horticulture company, and "BCH", a property company. "T&S Nurseries" came under fire previously for proposing to keep rabbits in a battery cage system, and there is nothing to say they do not intend to return to this system. To even once consider this cruel type of system shows they simply do not have the rabbit's best interests at heart, and they should not be in charge of a facility where the lives of sentient beings are at their mercy. The findings by Animal Aid reflect this - the rabbits they filmed were locked in cages 24/7 on his "free range" farm.

Another disturbing fact is that "T&S" also produces and sells rabbit fur, under the guise that it is a 'byproduct' of their meat production. Fur farming was outlawed in the UK in 2000, and you cannot help but consider the real possibility that this is a fur farm under the guise of a meat farm, considering the demand for rabbit meat in the UK is non-existent. 

We cannot allow the construction of this unnecessary facility to go ahead. There is no demand for rabbit meat in the UK, most people are repulsed at the thought of consuming the UK's third most popular pet. People are in fact choosing to avoid animal products altogether in record numbers. There is simply no need for a rabbit "processing facility" in this day and age.

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