APGAW is pleased to announce the launch of the first Good Practice Code for Rabbit Welfare to mark the start of Rabbit Awareness Week 2021. For a long time we have been aware that as one of the most owned pets in the UK, rabbits often suffer from some welfare issues owing to a lack of understanding around their needs. Dogs, cats and horses have Statutory Codes of Practice protecting their welfare but the smaller pets do not have these. This is why APGAW has worked with a small team of experts from RSPCA, Rabbit Welfare Association, PDSA, PfMA, Pets at Home, Animal Welfare Foundation and PIF to create a Code which will help improve rabbit welfare.
Alongside this Code we have also created a public facing infographic called Rabbit Roundabout which clearly sets out all the needs for pet rabbits. We hope to see this used in retail, rescue and veterinary centres to help the public understand that their rabbit needs companionship, a proper diet, a good size home and daily activities. You can find the Code here and the PDF of Rabbit Roundabout here
We are open to everyone using this work so please let us know if you want the PDFs or JPEGS to print out.