Making sure your pet rabbit is living life to the full is a topic much explored among animal experts and behaviourists nowadays. Enrichment is the term they use and simply means the process by which all creatures in captivity, from zoo animals to domestic pets, are able to express normal behaviours in order to boost their physical and mental wellbeing.
Rabbits are the UK’s fourth most popular family pet (after fish, dogs and cats), and at National Animal Welfare Trust, we’ve been rehoming rabbits for decades from our centres. The team at our Berkshire centre are currently creating a new Rabbit and Guinea Pig World to open later this year to share our passion for these popular pets.
It’s been delightful to read the comments and interest from so many people over the past week as we’ve unveiled the different elements of NAWT’s P.A.W. Manifesto. We know animal welfare is a subject close to so many people’s hearts, which is why we wanted to round up the current thinking on the welfare of our pets.
Much of this thinking comes from our day-to-day experiences of running rescue centres and in the second part of our blog, we are looking at some of the inconsistencies around the welfare of the UK’s three most popular pets after fish – dogs, cats and rabbits.
We were honoured to have been invited by the League Against Cruel Sports to form part of a coalition of 21 animal welfare charities - the coalition sent co-authored letters to all party leaders this month, urging them to defend and strengthen animal protection laws in the run up to the General Election.
The wide ranging topics – for all to see at www.animalprotection2017.org.uk - cover everything from hunting and shooting to animal experimentation, puppy farming and the trade in endangered species.