A REVIEW ON ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT OF RABBIT PRODUCTION

Karoly Bodnar, Laszlo Makra, Gabor Bodnar, Zoltan Istvan Privoczki

Abstract


Recent paper was focused on the environmental requirements of indoor domestic rabbit production and welfare indices of the rabbit were collected from the results of several researchers. The following environmental features were studied: microclimate (room temperature, relative humidity, and air movement), air pollutants, illumination, noise and overcrowding, and other housing conditions of rabbits. The minimum requirements for housing conditions are becoming increasingly stringent in the European Union, but unfortunately the consumers’ demands and the proposals on regulation are often do not take into consideration the real needs, physiology and ethology of rabbits and/or the European rabbit farmers’ interest in competitiveness on the world market.

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rabbit production; microclimate; air quality; illumination; welfare

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