Rabbits Are Being Paralyzed
Rabbits Are Being Paralyzed By The Action Of Vegan Activists
A rabbit farm near the town of Arnhem in the east of the Netherlands has become a target of vegan animal rights campaigners in recent months.
The protest, which activists usually perform at midnight, turned into a fearful dream for the farmer’s family and the rabbits. According to Henk Oonk, the owner of the farm, the rabbits are paralyzed by the noise and light generated by the activists, and they suffer from infectious disease.
The farm in the village of Vragender, near the border with Germany, has been the largest rabbit producer in the Netherlands since 1986. Approximately 340 tons of rabbit meat are obtained annually from the farm, which is usually intended for the German market.
The enterprise, which was awarded a star by the Dutch Animal Protection Agency on the grounds that it was “animal friendly,” has become a target of vegan activists since last April.
Peter Janssen, a Dutch animal rights activist known for his protest actions during bullfights in Spain, and his friends broke into a rabbit farm again at midnight last week.
The farmer’s family, who were woken by the noise around 1:30 p.m., called police. After a while, the lights went on, two people were detained amid police radios, scurrying noises and slogans from activists.
The owner of the rabbit farm, Henk Oonk, says that the 35 thousand rabbits currently on the farm have been adversely affected by the action of animal lovers.
According to Oonk, the noise made by the activists and the suddenly switched on lights cause the rabbits to be paralyzed. “To me, they wouldn’t have done it if they really loved animals,” says the Dutch farmer, who says some animals died after the action.
The farm owner also says that activists who enter the section where animals are found without protective overalls and galoshes have infected rabbits with the deadly “Viral hemorrhagic disease (VHD)” virus.
According to Henk Oonk, rabbits infected with the virus die suddenly after a 5-day incubation period.
Speaking to De Telegraaf newspaper, Oonk believes the activists committed crimes.
The Dutch agricultural and horticultural organisation (LTO) says the activists ‘ action is “outrageous.” “A farmer has to feel safe on his farm,” Marc Colon, a spokesman for the organization, said in a statement on the LTO website.