Open rescue by essereAnimali (click here for photos from the rescue):
"In the beginning of May, animal activists of essereAnimali freed 12
rabbits bred for the meat industry; they also documented the
distress of their daily imprisonment.
What is happening daily inside the rabbit meat factories is a tragedy of
which only few know about.
Rabbits are naturally shy and timid animals, really sensitive to
noise, stress and human presence. Their destiny within the factories is
such and much more: thousands are forced into endless lines of cages,
crammed one on top of the other, with no chance to move and jump around.
Small objects to fatten up, forced for two or three months of suffering
and slaughtered afterwards. For farmers, rabbit babies do not have any
other value but the 1,60€ they earn from selling their meat. Just few
coins draw the line between life and death. Despite the little value
that the food industry confer to the single individual, rabbit
farming is a high profit activity.
The big animal farms, such as the ones we visited, cage several
thousand animals and send to slaughter as many as six production
cycles a year. The female rabbits are constantly made pregnant,
artificially inseminated and forced to give birth several times before
their reproductive performance decreases. When rabbits are not
productive anymore, they are killed.
Such an industrial system gives attention only to the thousands of animals
and the automated management of as many animals as possible. None or
little attention is given to the single individual.
An example of this system can be found in the last shots of this video.
Some of the rabbits somehow escaped from the cages and manage to survive
within the warehouse, feeding themselves on the fodder dropped from the
automated feeding system or on the faeces of the other encaged rabbits
and also digging in the piles of excrement underneath the cages. For
farmers, they are not even worth the effort of seizing and re-caging them
again. They are just minimum and calculated losses, condemned to
sickness, infections or privation.
Our work is focused on documenting what is happening within the walls of
the farm factories, to give a voice to the suffering of these animals,
showing as much as possible their point of view. This is not easy
because the reality of these camps is always beyond our imagination,
and to understand what it really means to be born and live in a cage is
perhaps impossible. Always, the most difficult task in such
investigation is getting out from such places and closing the door behind.
To know that for those inside tomorrow will be another day of terror and
This time we decided to open their cages and to bring with us twelve of
them. As in the majority of these animal farms, getting in is as easy
as turning the door handle. Taking some lucky ones from the thousands of
cages and bringing them out to discover for the first time the air, the
sky and the earth is also that easy.
Less simple is finding a home for these fragile animals and to secure them a
happy life because they are unable to survive without daily attention and
care. These rabbits are selected for meat production: this means that for
generation after generation they have basically lived without freedom of
movement and are used to industrial fodder.
These small animals are biologically unadapted to life because they have
been designed for death. As a consequence, they often have congenital
muscle defects and underdeveloped skeletons or bodies. They almost
cannot jump out of their cages. Because of the fodder, their digestive
system is unadapted to digest grass, vegetables and the food they are
naturally supposed to eat. Luckily, somebody will take care of them,
leading them hand to forepaw, toward a free life.
Once again, the most difficult thing was to get out of that door with
only twelve of them and thousands left behind.
Individuals condemned to a miserable life and suffering, for those whom
apparently we can do nothing about.
Even though we cannot free all of them, we can always choose to become
vegan and spread a message of respect for other animal species."