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Rabbit welfare code

​​​​Rabbits remain one of the most popular pets, particularly for children. But what do rabbits need to be happy? What do they really like to eat? The British Veterinary Association has prepared a leaflet that may help.

The British Veterinary Association website

Jersey has a code of practice for the welfare of rabbits including those kept for breeding. The code is intended to ensure the welfare of animals in their care and to encourage those responsible for looking after these animals to adopt the highest standards of husbandry.

Five bas​​​ic needs

The code of practice takes account of five basic needs, known as the ‘5 Freedoms’. The ‘5 Freedoms’ are:

  • freedom from hunger and thirst
  • freedom from discomfort
  • freedom from pain, injury or disease
  • freedom to express normal behaviour
  • freedom from fear or distress

Other guid​​elines

The code sets out additional guidelines in specific areas such as:

  • hutches including:
    • temperature
    • space
    • ventilation
    • bedding
  • disease management
  • records
  • transport​​
  • handling and hygiene
  • breeding

Further in​​formation

Jersey Code of Practice for the welfare of rabbits including those kept for breeding

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