A vegan activist said she was attacked after rescuing 16 rabbits from a farm, but she may have caused the deaths of nearly 100 bunnies.

source
Wikimedia Commons

  • A Barcelona-based activist, who goes by the name “Mythical Mia” on social media, took more than a dozen rabbits from a farm in the Osona region of Catalonia, in northwest Spain, on September 1.
  • But local reports from Spain said that several of the rabbits Mia took had just given birth, leaving dozens of bunnies without mothers to nurse from.
  • According to a report from La Vanguardia, 90 bunnies had to be euthanized following the incident. Several rabbits had broken spines, and many pregnant rabbits had to have abortions in the aftermath, the report said.
  • Mia said in an Instagram story that she and other activists were on the farm for five minutes and are not responsible for the deaths of 100 rabbits. She blamed the farm’s “horrific conditions” for the deaths.

A vegan activist who said she was attacked after rescuing 16 rabbits from a farm may have caused the deaths of nearly 100 bunnies, according to the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia.

The Barcelona-based activist, who goes by the name “Mythical Mia” on social media, took the rabbits from a farm in the Osona region of Catalonia, in northwest Spain, on September 1.

She said on Instagram, where she has 40,000 followers, that a farmer attacked her and other activists when they tried to release dozens of rabbits from his property, and even shot at their car while they were driving away, though police disputed that claim.

Local reports from Spain said that several of the rabbits Mia had taken had just given birth, leaving dozens of bunnies without mothers to nurse from.

According to a report from La Vanguardia, 90 bunnies had to be euthanized following the incident. Several rabbits had broken spines, and many pregnant rabbits had to have abortions in the aftermath, the report said.

Mia blamed the ‘horrific conditions’ of the farm for the bunnies’ deaths

The farm had 3,000 rabbits before Mia, whose real name is unknown, and other activists attempted to free the animals.

It remains unclear why the activists wanted to free the rabbits, or what the rabbits were being farmed for.

Mia said in an Instagram story that she and other activists were on the farm for five minutes and are not responsible for the deaths of 100 rabbits.

Read more: A man spent $400,000 to shoot a rare rhino in Africa, and now he wants to bring it home to Michigan

She said the team had a professional veterinarian with them and blamed the farm’s “horrific conditions” for the deaths.

Mia posted a video to her Instagram documenting the aftermath of the rabbit rescue.

Warning: The video is graphic

“This is what has just happened to us, look, I’m documenting the whole thing,” she said. “I’m covered in blood. This is what the farmers have done. They shot through our window and chased us down the motorway. Oh my God, I’m literally covered in blood.”

She said she had to leave “thousands of mothers and babies behind.”

Though Mia said the group took 16 rabbits, police said in a statement they took only 14.

Police said there was ‘tension’ between the farmer and the activists

A statement from Catalonia police, the Mossos d’Esquadra, seen by the MailOnline, said that the activists arrived at the farm at 7:30 p.m. on September 1.

“When Mossos d’Esquadra arrived at the site, the activists were outside. The 14 rabbits have not been found,” the statement said. “There were some farmers at the scene and there was tension between the two groups. Mossos separated them and escorted them from the premises to avoid further conflict.”

Police confirmed that a woman’s window had been broken and a girl was injured.

“The window was most likely struck by a forceful object, due to the nature of the impact, rather than a shot from a shotgun,” the statement said.