- Rabbits are domesticated - that means they cannot survive if abandoned in the wild.
- Everything in the big bad world is a predator to the domestic rabbit - even a cat.
- Rabbits are totally defenseless against cars, dogs, wildlife and guns.
- The diet of a domestic rabbit is radically different than that of its cousin, the wild rabbit. The domestic rabbit would not know the right things to eat!
- The stress of being released into a large field would easily frighten the rabbit to death. You don't ever want to hear a rabbit scream.
- The weather in the wild is not friendly to your pet rabbit.
- They have little to no wild instincts. They would not know where to go and hide.
- If the rabbit injured itself, it would be instant prey to a predator. Where would the rabbit get help?
- There are ticks and other nasty parasites in the wild. Your rabbit has no defense against the viruses left by an insect bite.
- Just because rabbits are silent does not mean they are "dumb". They are very intelligent, know you and need you.
Your pet rabbit deserves all the love and attention you promised to give it when you first got it. It is YOUR responsibility to take care of it, just as parents take care of their children. It is up to you, the rabbit's companion, to make sure that it lives a full and healthy life. Throwing him away is not what he deserves!
If you abandon your rabbit in the wild, you are giving him a death sentence. PLEASE - consider other options and contact us for advice. Rabbits are extraordinary creatures - they contribute to our lives in many joyful ways.