This video is distressing, but it proves why the ‘a hutch is not enough; campaign is so essential. Rabbits live in conditions like this all over the UK and we want it to stop – NOW. The owner of these rabbits keeps some of them in 2ftx2ft or 3ft x 2ft hutches and says that it is not cruel, and that 2 in a 3ft hutch is not over crowded – we disagree, how a…bout you? She then says ‘ if they were too small, they wouldnt sell them in the shops would they?’ – well sadly, yes they would, and do, and that is why we are working with retailers to stop selling anything smaller than 4ft and to include 5 and 6 ft hutches in their ranges. The owner thinks her rabbits are ‘happy and up to weight’ but we don’t think they look happy at all – they can take one hop at best in those hutches. A hutch is not enough. All pet rabbits should be kept with the companionship of another (neutered) rabbit and live in an environment tha allows them to display all of their natural behaviours, such as running, jumping, digging and foraging – and never simply locked in a hutch.

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    Lets hope this footage raises more awareness in relation to the massive welfare problems pet rabbits are facing. As shocking as it is to watch and as unbelievable as it may seem to some that this can happen, sadly it is not uncommon. There is a vast gaping hole between what manufacturers and retailers can provide for rabbits and what is expected by the owner in terms of catering for their pets' welfare needs. Until this changes and repsonsibility is taken by everyone, the problem will remain as it is a problem which is being created by those who ought to know better but dont do better because they dont have to. Highlighting these issues to the general pet owning public is crucial to make changes in purchasing behaviour. This footage is the result of failings on many counts. I could not agree more with your comments RWAF. Keep up the good work.

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