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The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) rescued 47 large rabbits from a property in England that was believed to be breeding them to be eaten.

The RSPCA rescued the rabbits after learning about the animals’ living conditions. The RSPCA explained in a press release that rescuers visited the property in Northumberland on July 11 after they received reports of neglected rabbits. When they arrived on the scene, they found “small, dirty hutches full of rabbits who had been left to breed with each other.”

The largest rabbit was over 17 pounds and had ears that were 7 inches long. These giant Flemish rabbits are bred for their fur and meat, and officials believe that these animals were being bred to be eaten.

Luckily, all 47 rabbits were in good condition and have now been signed over into RSPCA care.

Inspector Trevor Walker, who helped to rescue the rabbits, said, “These poor rabbits were living in cramped and dirty conditions which would have been very unpleasant for them, especially in the heat.”

“Sadly, rabbits are becoming an increasing problem across the RSPCA as we are seeing more and more coming into our care, many as a result of the cost of living crisis.”

“We would really urge people to do their research before taking on a pet and also to make sure you get your pet neutered at an early opportunity to prevent unwanted litters of animals – all of these rabbits will be neutered, microchipped and vaccinated before finding new homes.”

If you’re thinking of adopting a rabbit (we strongly discourage buying one from a pet shop), there are a few things you should know before welcoming one into your home. Unlike a kitten or even a puppy, rabbits take a significant amount of time, space, and patience. Check out these five things to know before you consider adopting a rabbit and why we should stop buying farm animals like chickens, ducks, pigs, rabbits, and goats as pets. 

If the demand for exotic pets did not exist, the exotic pet trade would not exist. So, if you agree that keeping exotic animals as pets is cruel, don’t Support it either. Do not buy from pet shops or dealers. Leave the wild in the wild.

Animal shelters are filled with cats and dogs who need loving families and homes. You can also Support the legislation to ban the ownership of exotic animals in your area.

These animals need us to speak for them, so if you see an exotic animal living in terrible conditions as a pet (or one that is illegally owned) say something! You can report suspected abuse to local police, who can take necessary action. This small action might not make a difference for every animal suffering in the exotic pet trade, but it will make all the difference for that one creature! You can also share this post to spread the word about exotic pets and show the world why this “fad” has got to go.

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