A vegan activist who claimed to have rescued 16 rabbits from a farm actually caused the death of nearly 100 baby rabbits in the process, according to reports.
The activist, who calls herself Mythical Mia, claims she was attacked by an angry mob during the alleged rescue mission on a farm near Osono in Spain last Sunday.
According to Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, five rabbits, which were pregnant and about to give birth, were killed during the chaos of the rescue and several others were left with broken spines.
A number of the rabbits taken by Mia were said to have been pregnant or lactating, which meant that their offspring, around 90 bunnies, had to be euthanised after being abandoned, the paper states, referencing an assessment from a local vet.
The mother rabbits who survived but were left behind reportedly were forced to have abortions.
Citing her rescue mission on Instagram, Mia wrote:
This is what has just happened to us, look, Im documenting the whole thing.
Im covered in blood. This is what the farmers have done. They shot through our window and chased us down the motorway. Oh my God, Im literally covered in blood.
With the video, Mia described the events of that day and said after the group had taken the rabbits from the property, the farmer strangled activists and smashed their heads in with metal poles.
After the police arrived and told the group to leave, Mia said the farmers chased them down the motorway at 200kmph (124mph) before following them down a side road.
Posting updates of the rescued rabbits on social media, she wrote:
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.