Rabbit Education Society

Rabbits & Rabbit Education

Welcome to the Rabbit Education Society

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RABBIT'S AREN'T JUST FOR EASTER! Learn about them and their care and, if you decide they are the pet for you, please visit your local Breeder. Irresponsible & ignorant pet owners are to blame for rabbits ending up in the shelters, not rabbit breeders.

The Rabbit Education Society is an internet group which serves to unite rabbit breeders and pet owners and to collect and make available accurate and complete rabbit information.

We welcome breeders and pet owners interested in animal welfare, not animal rights.  The idea for this group began in 1997 and the goal is to educate all rabbit fanciers and promote responsible rabbit ownership. We need other like minded people to join us and help educate the public. There is far too little accurate rabbit information currently available and we want to change that.  We welcome articles about pet rabbits and responsible ownership.

Rabbit Education Society Reports

The Easter Bunny Myth Explored



Rabbit "Overpopulation"

The Rabbit Education Society does not believe a pet rabbit "overpopulation" exists. There is no reliable information proving an overpopulation of pet rabbits even exists. And given the widespread practice of rabbit "rescue, both individuals and organizations PURCHASING meat rabbits, auction rabbits, and rabbits direct from show and pet breeders obviously there aren't enough rabbits in the shelter system to "rescue". The RES does not recognize the term "overpopulation" as it is inaccurate and has not been proven to exist and is a word meant to stir the emotions and demonize rabbit breeders as a part of animal rights propaganda. The RES does recognize that a problem exists with irresponsible pet rabbit owners abandoning their pets in shelters or in the wild and that all rabbit fanciers should work towards educating the pet owning public. We believe the majority of rabbits abandoned are the result of irresponsible pet owners making impulsive decisions and not accepting the long term commitment of pet ownership. In addition due to shelters not keeping records or accurate records; and no central reporting agency; and worse groups or individuals making up "statistics" about rabbits; besides the RES estimate, no accurate or valid information about rabbit abandonment is available. Related link:

The Rabbit Overpopulation Myth

Discusses the lack of accurate information about abandoned rabbits and the practice of rabbit "rescue" of making up "statistics". There is no central reporting agency for rabbit shelter data and other than what the Rabbit Education Society has on this website regarding shelter surveys and data nobody has numbers or statistics. What you read about coming from rabbit "rescue" groups and individuals is made up, lies. It's the rabbit "rescue" agenda to get people to believe in an "overpopulation crisis" so they can get restrictive laws passed banning rabbit breeders and giving "rescue" a monopoly on pet rabbit sales.


Rabbit Population and Shelter Population Information

Rabbit Shelter Population 2020.pdf



The Rabbit Education also wants all shelters and rabbit "rescue" organizations and individuals to publicly reveal what their return rate is.

We have learned that rabbits are sold or if you prefer "adopted" out by shelters and rabbit "rescue only to be returned to the shelter or "rescue" or abandoned elsewhere. This may be widespread, it seems to be rabbit "rescues" best kept secret. We realize you would rather not let the public know your return rate because it acknowledges your role in perpetuating the shelter cycle. But hiding it doesn't make it less of a reality. Statements by rabbit "rescue" reveal that they believe the problem is much worse than the return rate of shelter dogs. The A$PCA estimates that rate is 20%. So when it comes to rabbits rabbit "rescue" over 25% (or even higher) of rabbits in shelters and rescues originated in a shelter or rescue.


Commercial Breeding, "Rabbit/Bunny Mills" and Pet Store Sales

The RES is not opposed to the concept of commercial breeding, a large breeding of animals for the sole purpose of marketing as pets to the public as a business. Obviously there is public demand for animals bred commercially and as there are licensing requirements on the federal level we believe that commercial breeding is not evil or wrong.

The RES recognizes that animal rights fanatics opposed to all animal use have created the term "mill" to describe anyone breeding commercially. We recognize that this term is used as a propaganda tool to turn the general public against commercial breeders who have committed no wrongs.

The RES recognizes that some pet stores fail to provide accurate and complete pet rabbit care instructions, fail to practice good husbandry skills while rabbits are in their, and sell rabbits too young or incorrectly sex bunnies. Due to these factors the RES encourages rabbit breeders to avoid selling rabbits to pet stores unless the store provides good care information, good husbandry, discourages impulse buying, and is willing to work with the rabbit breeder to ensure the health and welfare of their for sale animals. The RES also encourages pet owners to buy a rabbit from a responsible rabbit breeder or a pet store that provides proper care and proper information to customers.

The Rabbit Education Society opposes pet store bans on rabbits. Some local governments are passing bans on where pet store stock is obtained, limiting it to only shelters and "rescues". However it is an established fact that all over the US many rabbit "rescues" are purchasing meat rabbits, rabbits at auctions, and direct from show and pet breeders to resell. They label it "adoption" and then insanely state that when a pet store ban is passed one can't "purchase" rabbits but rather "adopt" them. If money changes hands in order to obtain a pet it does not matter if you call it an "adoption fee" or not it is still a SALE. It is ridiculous to limit the choice of where a pet store obtains rabbits to sell. A "rescue" or a shelter are merely used pet dealers and should be regulated by the USDA for selling to pet stores. 

Related Link:

RES Report on "Rabbit Mill" Myths.

Once again alot of the information Online is made up and propaganda to further an agenda of eliminating all animal use. Information about pet stores and so called "mills" is usually inaccurate and this document will provide you with factual information as well as a definition of a substandard rabbit breeder