A disturbing investigation
A six month investigation
Over the period from February to July 2016, our undercover investigators met the actors in six French farms. They got to know them, obtaining information without raising alarm bells. The operation was lengthy because the rabbits don’t undergo epilation every day. There are also reproductive phases, sex-sorting for the baby rabbits, some of the males are used for meat (they have less fur so some end up in terrines, whilst others are burnt) and also the time between the three yearly epilations. The operation is a source of permanent stress for the rabbits. Naked after the “harvesting”, they risk exposure to thermal shock when put back in their hutches without any real protection from the cold.
The images and comments recorded send a chill down the spine: “Sometimes I spent two hours on a rabbit who tore all over. Sometimes, you say to yourself: he’d be better off if we hit him over the head, that one!” Nonetheless, the investigation was valuable; forming the basis of the legal case to put an end to such practices.