EIGHT rabbits burned to death during an arson attack on a Lincolnshire farm for which animal rights activists claimed responsibility, it has been revealed.
As reported in the Echo, Highgate Farm in Normanby-by-Spital, near Market Rasen, was targeted by arsonists at about 2.20am on Monday, July 19.
A white Mercedes Sprinter van was destroyed.
Farm owner Geoff Douglas said whoever set the van on fire neglected to first check inside.No thought was given to what might have been in the van - it could even have been a driver having a sleep before going on his journey," said Mr Douglas, 64.
Before the police took the vehicle for examination, I was asked to remove the dead rabbits and it was one of the most upsetting things I have ever had to do.
Those poor rabbits, eight of them, while subjected to heat and toxic fumes, would have had hot, melting plastic dropping on their backs, leading to an agonising and terrifying death.
No animal should ever have to suffer like this."