Pauline McLynn hopping mad about caging of rabbits

Actress Pauline McLynn is hopping mad at the plight of millions of caged rabbits slaughtered for their meat across Europe.

Pauline McLynn hopping mad about caging of rabbits

The actor, who played housekeeper Mrs Doyle in the cult Irish comedy Fr Ted, joined a Compassion in World Farming campaign over the Easter weekend to ‘End the Cage Age’.

As part of the campaign, the Sligo-born comic appears in a new video for the charity, to highlight the plight of more than 330m rabbits farmed and killed for food every year.

She urged people to sign an online petition and, in a nod to her famous Craggy Island character, asks them to be “cruelty-free”.

“I once used to be Mrs Doyle on Father Ted and if she were here with me today — as maybe she is — she would tell you that life should be an adventure and a cruelty-free one at that,” McLynn tells watchers.

“So this Easter put on your bunny rabbit ears and tell everyone that #LifeShouldBeAnAdventure, in support of all of those poor bunny rabbits who are put into cages for all of their lives. Life should be a hop, skip, and a jump away so be cruel-tea free. Ah go on.”

Her video, posted in recent days on Compassion in World Farming’s Facebook page, has already been viewed more than 11,000 times.

Supporters are also asked to share snaps and videos of themselves wearing bunny rabbit ears.

Figures released by the charity reveal that more than 325m rabbits were slaughtered for food in Europe in 2010.

Meanwhile, rabbit meat production globally almost doubled in the 10 years between 1992 and 2002.

Compassion in World Farming said that farmed rabbits are dosed with even more antibiotics than farmed chickens to keep them alive.

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