Rabbit farm plans pulled by owner
PLANS to build two intensive rabbit farms in Nottinghamshire have been shelved by the owner.
As FG reported earlier this month, farmer Philip Kerry, who owns T&S Nurseries in Grantham, submitted plans to build six barns across the country housing up to 1,000 rabbits in each.
The plans were blasted by animal rights campaigners and the RSPCA said it had ‘serious concerns’ about the conditions for rabbits in battery farms, particularly the amount of space they were given.
Mr Kerry told FG: “Due to public and media pressure we have decided to withdraw applications for caged rabbit farms while we reappraise the business model with our internal designers and various consultants.”
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said they were thrilled with the result.
“PETA supporters sent more than 1,600 letters of objection to Rushcliffe Borough Council opposing the applications for the facilities, which would have meant severe suffering for thousands of rabbits,” said spokeswoman Sandra Smiley.
“The proposed farms would have been the first rabbit factory farms in the UK in 15 years and would each have housed up to 1,100 rabbits in wire cages stacked three high inside windowless barns. This kind of unnatural environment – which provides no fresh air or sunlight – can cause extremely painful bone disorders and foot inflammation and lead stressed animals to resort to neurotic, self-destructive behaviour.”
Rushcliffe Borough Council confirmed the applications for the farms in Granby and East Bridgford had been withdrawn due to the size and positioning of the proposed buildings, and also the level of objection.