The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has recommended improvements be made in the rabbit production sector across Europe, which it says is “considerably” worse than in other farmed animal species.

This, it says, is because of “enteric and respiratory infections, and reproductive problems.”

Still a small-scale industry, more than 76% of total EU rabbit production is in Italy, Spain and France. Recommending that more data be collected on production systems, EFSA said that feed additives should be used to fight health problems, breeding schedules should be less intensive, and cages should be improved, maybe using floor mats and platforms to reduce the incidence of sore hocks.

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