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Animal abuse: a huge rabbit farm raided after a damning video by L214

2022-12-07T18:04:29.904Z

PARISIAN INFO. Targeted by a complaint from the L214 association for suspicion of abuse, an important Breton farm was searched



The video, shocking, had marked the spirits.

Made public at the end of August, the images had been filmed a few weeks earlier by activists from the environmental association L214 in a rabbit farm located in Domalain, in Ille-et-Vilaine.

A place that was not chosen at random: with 1500 rabbits, this farm is one of the largest in France.

It belongs to the president of the National Federation of Rabbit Producer Groups (Fenalap), who is also at the head of a group of around sixty breeders who alone market 10% of French production.

Viewed more than 11,000 times since its publication, the video reveals unbearable images: injured rabbits, with infections in their paws and eyes.

As L214 activists stroll through the farm, we also see dead rabbits in decomposition or dying in a cage.

In the wake of this publication, the association had filed a complaint against the person in charge of this farm as well as against the sanitary veterinarian of the breeding.

The Rennes prosecutor's office opened an investigation on August 31.

The investigation entrusted to recognized experts

Three months later, the investigations initiated by the complaint of the environmental association are following their course.

According to our information, a search was carried out on Tuesday by the gendarmes of the Central Office for the fight against attacks on the environment and public health (Oclaesp) within the breeding run by this heavyweight in the sector as well as than at the veterinary office responsible for monitoring the animals.

Information confirmed by Philippe Astruc, the public prosecutor of Rennes.

Many documents relating to the operation of the farm have been seized by the gendarmes and will be analyzed in the coming weeks.

“Some time ago, the prosecutors closed the files without follow-up, we can only be pleased that the prosecution takes over and entrusts the investigation to recognized experts such as Oclaesp, reacts Brigitte Gothière, co-founder of the association L214.

We are whistleblowers, then we wait for the State services to look further.

It's not just the one-off abuse documented at the time. Structural abuse and inappropriate animal husbandry conditions should be investigated.

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If the search did not reveal any new potential offences, the gendarmes' investigations are continuing and are mainly focused on the images provided with their complaint by the L214 activists.

A first “careful examination” of the videos has already enabled the gendarmes to reveal “presumptions of mistreatment” as well as a potential offense “relating to a filmed scene showing several rabbits being brutally handled to be piled up in shopping carts”, according to the Rennes prosecutor.

The surprise visit of the gendarmes also made it possible "to rule out some of the suspected offences, including those of illegal practice of animal medicine and systematic use of antimicrobial veterinary drugs to compensate for poor breeding conditions", underlines the prosecutor. of Rennes.

Another investigation is also ongoing following the complaint filed at the end of August by the breeder for trespassing.

Source: leparis

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