From the BBC:
The government is to consider curbing the building of so-called "rabbit hutches" in England. In a consultation being launched on Tuesday, it said it was considering the introduction of basic space standards for domesticated small mammals.
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) said England's pets from the family Leporidae of the order Lagomorpha may already have some of the smallest accommodation in Europe. Since the 1920s the average living space in enjoyed by our large eared pets has fallen by more than a third.
As a result the DCLG is also thinking about the possibility of "space labelling", which would give bunny owners a clear understanding of how much room there will be left for them to sit doing that cute thing with their noses when there is a saucer of water in one corner and a plate with carrots or lettuce next to it.
Major Retailers’ Rabbit Hutches Inhumane, Says Major Animal Charity
The idea has been welcomed by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). A spokesman for the DCLG stated there were no plans to extend the regulations to homes intended for human habitation.
In a surprise move the DCLG also abolished 90 out of 100 planning rules that can be applied by local authorities.
"Moving from 100 standards to 10 is a good start in reducing red tape, while safeguarding good quality home-builder profits," said David Orr, the chief executive of the National Housing Federation.
"But we look forward to seeing the other 10 rules scrapped as well," he added. "Beggars can't be choosers and our experience is that we can sell these wannabe Homey fuckers just about any old pile of shit for just about any price we like as long as they've got a house number and if we just drip feed them onto the market."
Tuesday, 20 August 2013
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