EXPOSE: Pound Stretcher’s Rabbit Prison.

Pound Stretchers Rabbit Prison

Pound Stretchers Rabbit Prison

For just £129.99 you too could be the proud owner of a ‘Deluxe’ rabbit prison :/ Oh wait….why would you want to be…

This awful enclosure was spotted in a Pound Stretcher branch a few days ago. They have a specific part of the store called The Pet Hut which stocks all sorts of bits and bobs for your companion animals. Every penny counts…but apparently rabbit welfare does not.

Smaller than a laboratory rabbits enclosure – this horrible prison is being marketed as a top end treat for your cherished pet. Personally – I don’t even think this is a suitable size to house rats in let alone rabbits. It does not allow a rabbit to participate in its 5 Freedoms (breaking points 2, 4 and 5).

Not only is it TINY! (approx 2ft square) the ramps are so steep and it looks like it has a wire bottom floor. Not good. Most average rabbits couldn’t sit in this comfortably let alone live in it with their friend (as rabbits should live in bonded, neutered pairs).

Many complaints have been made to Pound Stretchers facebook page but unfortunately, rather than replying, they are deleting the majority of the comments. Others are e-mailing the head office and a lucky few have received this reply:

“The Rabbit Hutch has been sourced for our stores from a UK supplier. The legal size requirement for this product has been met by the manufacturer as well as the organizations who set the guidelines.

We have made a decision to not purchase this product in the future for our stores.

Thank you for your time.

Poundstretcher

Sounds like a cop out to me. Interestingly enough, they have not responded to my questions:

1) Will this item be removed from stock immediately or will it be discounted and placed on sale?

2) What resource did you use for the ‘legal size requirement’ and which organisations did you contact?

3) Do you currently stock any other hutches that are 4ft or smaller?

The Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund are the UK’s leading source of rabbit advice. Funnily enough, they were not contacted by Pound Stretchers with regards to minimum housing guidelines. They run the ‘A Hutch Is Not Enough‘ campaign which strives to educate manufacturers, retailers and the general public as to what enclosures rabbits need to live a happy and healthy life.

Their current MINIMUM guidelines clearly state that the hutch / cage should be at least 6ft x 2ft x 2ft with full time access to an attached run that should be at least 8ft x 4ft.

If you feel, like I do, that Pound Stretchers are promoting animal cruelty by selling this horrendous rabbit prison then please consider doing one or all of the following:

1) Leave a complaint on their Facebook page
www.facebook.com/Poundstretcher

2) Leave a 1 star review on their Facebook page

3) Email your complaint to Pound Stretchers
[email protected]

4) Email your complaint to The Pet Hut
http://www.thepet-hut.co.uk/contact

5) Boycott your local store

Please do let me know (by using the comments section) if you get any replies.

 

 

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11 comments on “EXPOSE: Pound Stretcher’s Rabbit Prison.

  1. Simon says:

    Can you check this? The Pet Hut seems to be an independent retailer, not part of the Poundstretcher group? They do have an in-store part in a few areas called “Pet Hut”, but this doesn’t appear to be the same?

  2. Simon says:

    https://www.facebook.com/thepethut is the facebook page for the “The Pet Hut”

  3. Simon says:

    Apologies, it appears they are part of poundstretcher, although it wasn’t clear on the poundstretcher site/facebook. Probably worth reviewing their facebook page too

    • admin says:

      Hi Simon, Thank you for your posts. Yes, as far as I’m aware they are a formal part of Poundstretchers. I have left reviews on their page too and would welcome others to do so. Thank you for your support.

  4. Charley says:

    “Dear Customers,

    The Pet Hut, a subsidiary of Poundstretcher, has taken the decision to remove The Rabbit Hutch from all of its stores across the UK with immediate effect. As a supplier of pet products and accessories, we take the welfare of all animals extremely seriously and will not be purchasing this product again in the future.”

    They have now removed it, that was on their fb page

  5. sally says:

    The hutch is no more, amazing what can be achieved if we all care

  6. sally says:

    Incase you hadn’t seen, it’s just been announced that poundstretcher is removing the so called hutch from sale with immediate effect

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