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Animals, Volume 8, Issue 11 (November 2018)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Rabbits are the third most popular pet in the UK but relatively little is known about where they [...] Read more. Rabbits are the third most popular pet in the UK but relatively little is known about where they come from or how they are kept before being sold as pets. Using several different approaches, we aimed to gain an insight into an otherwise undocumented industry to investigate the current welfare status of UK breeding rabbits, the monitoring of rabbit breeding by local authorities, and the practises of UK rabbit breeders. With such diversity in the housing and husbandry of breeding rabbits, there is a clear lack of comprehensive guidance covering optimum welfare conditions for breeding rabbits that needs to be addressed. Furthermore, monitoring of rabbit breeding by local authorities needs to be improved to act as a safeguard for rabbit welfare. View this paper