House Rabbit Society Philosophy
House Rabbit Society
believes that ALL rabbits are valuable as
individuals, regardless of breed purity, temperament, state of
health, or relationship to humans. The welfare of all rabbits is
our primary consideration.
In line with our mission, we are against the exploitation of
Except for unique situations, in which wild animals are being
nursed or rehabilitated, it is in the best interest of wild
rabbits that human intervention be held to a minimum.
Domestic rabbits are not the product of natural selection, but
rather of human interference by means of breeding programs, and
the product is a human-dependent animal who needs protection. It
is therefore a human responsibility that these animals be cared
for in a manner appropriate to their needs.
It is in the best interest of domestic rabbits to be
neutered/spayed, to live in human housing where supervision
and protection are provided, and to be treated for illnesses
Domestic rabbits are companion animals and should be afforded
at least the same individual rights, level of care, and
opportunity for longevity as commonly afforded to dogs and cats
who live as human companions.
Rabbits are intelligent, social animals who require mental
stimulation, toys, exercise, environmental activity, and social
interaction (from, as appropriate, people, other rabbits, or other