The Humane Society in our area euthanizes all cats that come in that have poor litter box habits because they are "unadoptable." What happens when people get rabbits that don't have good litter box habits? Outdoor pets that are neglected are often reported by neighbors. Who reports neglected house pets? Are destructive pets at higher risk of being abused? If rabbits don't live up to someone's expectations as good house pets, do they release them to become feral? Do feral rabbits hurt our native habitat?
I don't know the answers to these questions, and I have never seen a study done on rabbit behavior that wasn't bias. What I see doesn't bother me half as much as what I don't see. When I think about the problems of child abuse in this country, I wonder if turning rabbits into house pets is giving some rabbits a better life and making life pure h*** for others. All rabbits kept as house pets have a wonderful life? I wish it could be that simple.
For those of us that are not able to keep our rabbits as house pets, seeing new products on the market that can make the lives of our outdoor rabbits safer and happier is welcome news! It is about time we get help with making the lives of our outdoor rabbits better, instead of being condemned for not keeping our rabbits inside of our homes.