# Monday, May 09, 2011

That’s according to this article which suggests there have been several planning applications launched for intensive rabbit farms. A total of 6 planning applications for rabbit farms have been lodged with local authorities across the UK. If they are approved they would be the first in this country in around 15 years. Each farm would house around 1,100 rabbits in wire cages stacked in barns. They would be reared and sent to slaughter at around 12 weeks old. The developer behind one of the farms has said that the rabbits would be housed in a light and airy environment with cages that are 18% bigger than required by law. With around 3,000 tonnes of rabbit meat being eaten in Britain each year and virtually all of it being imported it seems there is a demand for locally produced rabbit. I do wonder whether the general public will be in favour of more intensive farming techniques,  at a time when people are becoming more aware of where their food comes from and how it is produced.

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