Over 600,000 people took a giant leap for rabbits

On Tuesday 17th May, representatives of Compassion in World Farming were joined by an army of cartoon rabbits to deliver Compassion’s biggest ever online petition to a meeting of Europe’s Agriculture Ministers in Brussels.

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Thank you so much to the 601,435 people who signed the petition calling on Europe’s politicians to End the Cage Age for farmed rabbits. We’ve been overwhelmed by your support for this important issue.

And thanks also to the Albert Schweitzer Foundation (Germany), Society for Animal (Společnost pro zvířata, Czech Republic) and Animal Freedom (Sloboda zvierat, Slovakia) for their help in securing signatures for this vital issue.

Already the European Parliament is listening to our demands: German MEP, Stefan Eck, is writing a report to call on the European Commission to draft legislation on the welfare of rabbits.

The report is likely to be discussed in the Agriculture Committee of the European Parliament in September, and be voted on by all MEPs in late 2016 or early 2017. When that time comes, we’ll need your help to make sure the Parliament votes in favour of the report.

In the meantime, will you tweet Stefan Eck, MEP, to show your support for his report proposing an end to the Cage Age for Europe’s rabbits?

Rabbits in our childhood stories may live idyllic lives, but the shocking truth is that every year in the EU over 320 million rabbits are confined to tiny, barren cages. Unable to hop, skip or jump, to choose when to be alone or to seek companionship, or even to stretch. Cages are a true horror story of factory farming.

That is why we took over 40 cartoon rabbits to Brussels to deliver our giant petition, on your behalf, in the form of a comic book: to draw attention to the vast gap between fiction and reality.

Please, spread the word and make some noise for Europe’s quietest farm animal.

You can see the campaign highlights to date below.

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The biggest secret of the Cage Age

In October 2014, Compassion released an investigation into the farming of rabbits for meat across the EU. Thanks to supporters, we were able to expose the terrible plight of over 320 million rabbits who are permanently confined in tiny, barren cages every year.

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For weeks, the investigation made the news across Europe: From the Sunday Times, Daily Mail and Radio 4 in the UK, to La Repubblica in Italy and Le Monde in France. But we didn’t stop there…

Should be consigned to history

Cages have no place in 21st Century farming. So we delivered genuine rabbit cages to museums across the EU to call for an end to the Cage Age.

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Across Europe

Supporters in the Netherlands funded 100 giant posters to reach rail travellers across the country.

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In Poland, cartoon rabbits popped up across Warsaw and beyond, both behind bars and going free range. Their message was simple: sign the petition.

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People took action

So far, over 73,000 people across Europe have discovered who they really are when it comes to speaking out for farm animals. Take the test yourself below…

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Including some famous faces

And, last but not least, a host of celebrities have shown their support for Europe’s rabbits. From talented illustrator, Anita Jeram, to actors Peter Egan, Carley Stenson, and Ben Lamb, dancer Flavia Cacace-Mistry and national treasure Stephen Fry.

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