Czech rabbit meat taken off German shelves

Two German supermarket chains have withdrawn rabbit meat imported from the Czech Republic in protest against the conditions in which the animals are bred. The Real and Edeka chains said they had made the move on the grounds of a report about animal cruelty from animal rights’ activists. The Czech firm Rabbit Trhový Štepánov which exported the goods says it has standard breeding conditions and is prepared to take legal steps. It received a GGE export certificate in September of 2009 and has reportedly passed inspection by the regional veterinary authority. The firm claims that the German supermarket chains have come under pressure from German animal rights’ groups and are trying to avoid being linked to a negative campaign in the media.