Rabbits are bright, curious and sensitive animals that love to dig in the cool sand, play with their friends and jump around in the grass. In the meat industry, however, they cannot meet these natural needs.
The keeping, rearing and killing of rabbits in the meat industry was not regulated in detail for a long time. There have only been minimum legal requirements since 2014 – but similar to the requirements for pig and chicken rearing, these provisions do not allow the rabbits to live in a species-appropriate manner.
There is also another major problem in rabbit fattening: private breeders.
Due to the widespread hobby keeping of rabbits, it is hardly possible to check whether the minimum requirements are being violated.
How many rabbits are bred and fattened in Germany for their meat has not yet been officially recorded.
However, it is estimated that there are tens of thousands of animals.
Rabbit meat: husbandry, production, laws and numbers
Before August 11, 2014, there were only non-binding guidelines that were determined by the breeding and rabbit keepers’ associations themselves.
Since then, legal minimum requirements have been set for keeping rabbits, but they are by no means sufficient to enable the rabbits to lead a species-appropriate life.
Even keeping them in cages with grid floors is still allowed. At the end of a life full of privation, the rabbits die in the slaughterhouse.
Production and sales figures can hardly be recorded
In contrast to meat from other animal species, rabbit meat (around 34 percent) is largely produced as a hobby and offered through direct sales.
This makes it difficult to regularly collect current data on kept and killed animals.
The main producing countries of the EU are Spain, France and Italy.
But in Germany too, it is estimated that around 15 million rabbits are killed every year for their meat in “backyard slaughterhouses” – less than 25 percent of rabbit meat is produced in industrial fattening operations. China is the world’s largest producer of rabbit meat and the main supplier of rabbit meat to the EU.
Overall, however, EU imports only make up a small percentage of the rabbit meat traded.
Facts about breeding and fattening: Millions of rabbits are killed every year in Germany
According to the federal government in 2010, over 41,000 tons of rabbit meat are consumed in Germany – this corresponds to around 30 million rabbits. The majority of it, around 33,000 tons, is produced in Germany. The indication in tons once again makes it clear: The animals do not count as individuals, but are degraded to a factor of production.
As in pig farming, a distinction is made between breeding and fattening rabbits. While female rabbits have to give birth to as many young as possible in breeding, rabbits in fattening should put on a lot of meat as quickly as possible.
WAV Comment – I think this issue alone, along with many other at COP26, shows that ’Mr Normal man and woman’ have now had enough with the over inflated, false promises made by so many over inflated, false and self-opinionated leaders from some of the worlds nations.
People want change and they want it now; not more weasel words which 10 years later amount to nothing as we have seen from recent COP conferences.
The complete U turn by the port authorities in Scotland relating to the ‘Rainbow Warrior’ was a very, very wise move. Who knows what would have happened if the young climate protesters on board were denied entrance to the Clyde / Glasgow.
Direct action works; and by their past lack of actions, the opinionated politicians are now viewed very much as a laughing stock by so many people – those who want action and change, Now !
And this is only Day 1; plenty more days to come and for the politicians to actually earn some respect (?) by finally taking action on global warming.
People have opinions and feelings – and THEY VOTE !
Rainbow Warrior given go-ahead to sail to Cop26 after U-turn by port authorities
Climate activists on board the Rainbow Warrior are to sail into the heart of Glasgow after officials agreed to allow the ship into the Cop26 restricted zone.
Port authorities wanted to block the famous vessel from entering the area, which bans craft from the stretch of the Clyde next to the SEC conference centre, but on Monday afternoon Police Scotland confirmed the vessel was to be allowed to continue to its destination.
Activists Jakapita Faith Kandanga, 24, Edwin Namakanga, 27, Maria Reyes, 19, and Farzana Faruk Jhumu, 22, who are from communities which would be most affected by a changing climate, are on board the ship.
In a joint statement they said the “authorities understand that our presence at the climate summit is too important to shut out”.
“It’s ridiculous to think that climate talks could be held without the most affected people there and it’s positive that the police and port authorities have changed their minds,” they said.
“World leaders attending the talks could learn a lot from this co-operation. We have been ignored long enough, and now, with a safe passage to Glasgow, our voices must be heard at Cop26.”
Greenpeace said it had been warned by HMS Vigilant, as it approached the Firth of Clyde, that if the Rainbow Warrior continued its voyage it would be in breach of maritime laws and Police Scotland would “act appropriately”.
But the pressure group said that, following a meeting with Hettie Geenen, the ship’s captain, port authorities told her they would help facilitate the four youth climate activists’ arrival.
The four campaigners, from Namibia, Uganda, Mexico and Bangladesh, are just a handful of the thousands of protesters who are descending on the city as world leaders discuss how to fight a changing climate.
Police Scotland Assistant Chief Constable Gary Ritchie said: “Harbour authorities had been in regular communication with the Rainbow Warrior and had instructed that, due to the restrictions and some significant safety concerns, it could not sail to its intended destination.
“Despite this, the Captain of the Rainbow Warrior signalled her intent to continue.
“Accordingly, following consultation between police and harbour authorities, it was considered that the safest option for the crew of the Rainbow Warrior and wider public was to ensure the safe passage of the vessel to its destination.
“We are now engaging with Greenpeace and all relevant partners to ensure the safe passage of this vessel, it’s passengers and the wider public.”
Over the next two weeks of the conference, 120 dignitaries and heads of state are set to attend the UN event which has been billed as vital in stopping climate change and rising global temperatures.
As world leaders made their way to the city on Monday, Oxfam’s “big heads”, featuring Joe Biden, Boris Johnson, Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel, Justin Trudeau, Mario Draghi, Narendra Modi, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping, made an appearance along with a traditional Scottish pipe band in Glasgow’s Royal Exchange Square, where they were “blowing hot air”.
Nafkote Dabi, Oxfam’s climate change policy lead, said rich nations are not cutting emissions fast enough to keep the most vulnerable countries safe.
“We must all halve global emissions in the next nine years but we are heading in the opposite direction. Leaders must not delay a moment longer – every fraction of a degree costs lives,” she warned.
“Developed nations must live up to their promise from 12 years ago to deliver 100 billion dollars (£73 billion) every year to help vulnerable nations adapt to climate change and reduce emissions.
“This support should be in the form of grants – not loans – and half of it should be for adaptation. It is also critical that they agree a way to finance loss and damage for the unavoidable impacts of climate change that are already destroying homes and lives.”
Greta Thunberg who inspired the climate strike movement across the globe, was surrounded by police officers and activists as she arrived at Glasgow Central railway station on Sunday night.
The 18-year-old is expected to take part in demonstrations during the summit, including a march through the city on Friday, organised by campaigning organisation Fridays for Future Scotland.
The demonstration will walk from Kelvingrove Park to George Square.
Ms Thunberg is also expected to speak at a rally taking place on Saturday, hosted by the Cop26 Coalition, which will march from Kelvingrove Park to Glasgow Green.
On Sunday, Extinction Rebellion marched through Edinburgh in solidarity with protests taking place across the world.