PETA and animal rights groups pleased as Stafford Borough Council reject Gnosall rabbit farm plan
By Tom_Burnett | Posted: November 03, 2016
Animal rights campaigners are celebrating after plans to build a commercial rabbit farm were rejected by a council.
Stafford Borough Council rejected plans submitted by POE Limited to build the rabbit farm on land off Radmore Lane in Gnosall.
The company, which specialises in Romanian food, had wanted to use the farm to breed rabbits for meat – with by-products including the animal’s fur and manure.
In a business report the company said: "Rabbit meat is the best white meat and demand for rabbit meat is increasing in the local market. Many restaurants are serving rabbit on their menu and also there is a variety of meat products such as sausages and salami that use rabbit meat.
"Our Company will have the option of slaughtering the rabbits in abattoir and selling the meat and the skin. One rabbit weights between 3 and 5 kilograms at 5 months. The cold dressed weight for rabbit is 50% of live weight. One kg of rabbit meat sells in the UK for between £4 and £6. The skin will be sold for between £4-£6 each."
The plan sparked uproar from local residents with more than a thousand residents objecting to the plans – and just seven supporting the plan.
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, P.E.T.A, also submitted a petition with more than 17,000 signatures against the plan.
In a statement P.E.T.A said they were delighted with the council’s decision to reject the proposal.
A spokeswoman said: "This decision comes after we sent the council a petition signed by more than 17,000 compassionate PETA supporters and after hundreds more people left objections on the council’s website.
"The cruel farm would have bred gentle rabbits to be killed for their meat and skins. They would have spent their entire lives in cramped cages, unable to rear up on their hind legs, dig, hop, or do any of the other things that are natural and important to them.
"It’s a huge relief that this farm has been refused planning permission – and it shows what we can achieve when we act together."
In their rejection statement Stafford Borough Council said the proposals did not seem sustainable and they had not been given enough information to demonstrate the project would not cause an unacceptable risk of pollution.
The statement said: "The scheme would thus not contribute to and enhance the natural and local environment and its amenity and would not be sustainable development.
"Furthermore it has not been shown that sufficient parking and vehicle maneuvering space within the site can be provided.
"Negotiations with the applicants would not have resolved these issues."
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