Protect Rabbits from Abandonment


Target: Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio

Goal: Save domestic rabbits from being given up to shelters or abandoned in the wild

It is no mystery that rabbits multiply very efficiently and therefore should be dealt with cautiously to curb population inflation. The New York city council understands the nature of rabbits and believes that the city’s rabbit population is not healthy. Too many people purchase two rabbits with little to no knowledge of their gender or how to care for them, and release their inevitable offspring into the urban wild to die or surrender them to an animal shelter. Rabbits are the third most commonly surrendered animal in shelters all over the country. In order to help rabbits live more meaningful lives and help curb rabbit population issues, New York is taking action.

The proposed bill would prohibit pet shops from selling, delivering, displaying, bartering, auctioning and giving away rabbits. All city inhabitants who already own rabbits will be allowed to keep them. This law would facilitate a decline in the current rabbit population in a healthy way because the supply and demand would be controlled, via pet stores. People who purchase rabbits from pet stores normally purchase them in pairs. Determining the gender of rabbits is not fool proof, which leads many people to unknowingly adopt one male and one female, fail to spay or neuter them, and end up with multiple rabbits. This vicious cycle is why there are so many rabbits in shelters or struggling to survive in the urban wild.

New York City’s goal is to change the lives of domestic rabbits. Fewer rabbits will be born, meaning less will end up in shelters and the wild. Applaud City Council for introducing this decision and show your support for it to be passed into law, by signing this petition.


Dear Mayor de Blasio,

New York City is on the verge of making a very important decision for the lives of the city’s rabbits. As you are well aware, the majority of domestic rabbits in the country do not lead happy lives in homes where they are loved. Most rabbits end up in shelters, or struggling to survive in the urban wild. Too many citizens of New York City adopt two rabbits, unaware of their opposite genders, and inevitably end up with numerous baby rabbits that they cannot support.

I am writing to inform you that I am for a ban on the sale of rabbits in pet stores. There are too many domestic rabbits without homes in New York City. Please use my signature, along with the others that this petition generates, to initiate a ban on rabbit sales in pet stores within the city.

Please do what it right for the domestic rabbits of New York City.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Kae Blecha, OTR says:

    Thank you for looking out for bunnies. Stay strong on the carriage horse issue, too. (Perhaps the tourists could be driven around in cool antique cars instead.)

  2. Charlie Bond says:

    Don ‘t sell rabbits in petstores, but take them out of shelters. And let cats and rabbits castrate as soon as possible !

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