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Preventors of the Cruel Breeding of Animals - Pet Mills - How to Spot Them

Avoiding Pet Mills


Across Great Britain and Ireland, places where animals are bred cruelly in dirty, cramped conditions, usually with only some newspaper or sawdust, and a bowl of food and water. They have nothing to amuse themselves with, and are often kept in cages stacked on top of each other in dark blocks and sheds outside of the breeder's house. The only time they ever see humans or experience light is when someone comes to buy one, or food/water bowls are filled, which is not daily.

Why should some innocent animals go through this (baring in mind they may be as young as four weeks old) when other pets with the same value live in a happy, safe environment?
Rabbit Mills

Although the term "rabbit mill" in general does not mean bad breeding, it is often referred to as this.

As rabbits are very popular pets in the UK and USA, and can be bought rather cheaply, some people have now started battery farming the poor animals. Unlike puppy farms, not many people have heard of "rabbit mills" and have no knowledge of them, so mills can operate, usually without detection.

Whilst rabbits should be kept in cages, the cage should be big enough for them to stretch fully out, stand up on their hind legs and take at least 3-4 hops in before hitting a side. They should have fresh hay, the right kind of pet food for their size, age and breed, and a water bottle with fresh water. The cage should be cleaned out once every three or four days.
The rabbit should not be very scared of humans, and, although it won't want to be picked up by a huge, unusual human being, must be comfortable when touched by a person.

As well as having a hutch or cage to be in for most of the time, it is recommended that they have a run to exercise in fully, though this is not a full requirement. For more information on how rabbits should be kept so you know who you're buying from, go to the Rabbit House website , or watch our Small Pet Care Video .
Guinea Pig Mills

Whilst guinea pig mills are very rare in the UK, some exist here and in the USA and some other countries where they are very popular. Like rabbits, they are much-loved companions yet easy to get hold of, and some take advantage of this.

When finding a guinea pigs, it's a good idea to look for a well-known, good quality pet shop, better still a rescue centre or good breeder.

Guinea pigs are social animals and must be housed with another pig. However, try to avoid places keeping guinea pigs with rabbits in the same cage all the time. Rabbits have powerful legs and can seriously injure a guinea pig. The cage should be big enough for a guinea pig to move freely, stand on its hind legs easily, and stretch out in every direction. It should have a good supply of hay, fresh water in a bottle, and the right kind of pet food for size and age. There should never be an exercise wheel or ball for the guinea pigs, these can damage a guinea pig's spine and are meant for smaller rodents. For more information, visit the RSPCA Guinea Pig Page , or watch our Small Pet Care Video .
Kitten Mills

Unfortunately, like puppy farms, kitten mills are operating all over the UK. The problem is, there are hardly any charities and organisations fighting the trade.

A good breeder will keep the kittens with their mother. They should not be living in a very dark area, should be used to humans and human contact, and should be living in a barn, the breeders house or an outdoor accommodation, protected from bad weather. They must not be living in a cage, must have a clean living area, a bowl of food and water, and should have toys, and large area to run around in, and should not show signs of illness or neglect. For more information, go to the Blue Cross Kittens Page.



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