joseph_binwanaTHIS man kept a “battery farm” of pet rabbits at his terraced Tyneside home.

The animals were crammed into three small hutches in the backyard of Joseph Binwana’s house on Raby Street, in Byker, Newcastle.

Ranging from the ages of four weeks to several years, male and female rabbits were kept in the same cages, prompting them to carry on breeding, a court heard.

In the end, dad-of-four Binwana had 25 rabbits living in neglect by the time the animals were seized by the RSPCA.

During a four-month period, inspectors from the charity had given the 52-year-old numerous warnings that he needed to get rid of the pets or dramatically improve the space and conditions they were living in.

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