A Barcelona-based vegan activist is in a bit of hot water after an operating she led to rescue 16 rabbits from a Spanish farm accidentally led to the death of nearly 100 animals she was trying to save from being harvested for meat and fur.
According to Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia (via New York Post), an activist only known by her nickname “Mythical Mia” led a charge in early September to rescue more than a dozen rabbits, but during the chaos of the operation, the group’s actions directly led the death of five pregnant rabbits and indirectly led to the death of 90 bunnies who had to be euthanized after their mothers were taken by the animal rights activists.
In a since deleted Instagram post (her account has also been made private since the incident), Mia argued that she and her fellow activists were doing anything they could to save the rabbits (via New York Post):
“These 16 are the lucky ones. After actions like this we get to go home but for them there is no way out. We only managed to find a home for 16 beforehand, so had to leave thousands of mothers and babies behind. They will be trapped inside those cages for their entire lives, their only escape is when they are shipped off to a slaughterhouse to be murdered for their flesh and fur. Rabbits like these are also abused for animal testing, tortured for a lifetime before eventually getting murdered too. They are also regularly kept as ‘pets’ often in solitary confinement and inappropriate conditions suffering from boredom and multiple other health issues.”
The report by La Vanguardia noted that the farm reportedly had 3,000 rabbits before the incident.