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The British Rabbit Council Code of Practice


Although it has generally been agreed that there are no specific regulations for hobbyist animals within The Welfare of Animals (Transport) (England) Order 2006, the Welfare of Animals (Transport) (Scotland) Regulations 2006 and the Welfare of Animals in Transport (Wales) (Order) 2007 there are requirements that apply to anyone transporting animals. Owners also have a duty to ensure that the welfare of their animals is adequately protected, as required, by the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006, and this duty extends to transport. The advice within this code of practice is intended to ensure the welfare of rabbits during transportation.

No person shall transport animals or cause animals to be transported in a way likely to cause injury or unnecessary suffering to them.

Rabbits must be fit to travel.

Travelling boxes should:
Be designed, constructed, maintained and operated so as to avoid injury and suffering and ensure the safety of animals.
Be free of sharp edges and projections, which could cause injury to animals.
Have secure fastenings, sufficient to contain the rabbit/s.
Be constructed to ensure adequate ventilation and air circulation.
Be of sufficient floor space for the breed and age of the rabbit/s to be comfortably transported.
(However, it is accepted that during transportation it is not necessary for the height to enable a rabbit to stand erect).
Have partitions within a box that have sufficient height, depth and strength to separate individual rabbits, but allow for air to circulate between compartments.

Car travel:
The travelling box should be placed in an area of the vehicle that is secure, but has adequate air circulation.
Rabbits should not be left in a car or other vehicle in warm weather.
As a safety precaution, on long journeys, it is recommended that rabbits are checked at regular