Bugs Bunny needs more than carrots to thrive

Friday, 5th April 2013

When looking at pets on an online pet store, it is all too easy to fall in love but it's vital for people to consider whether their pet-to-be suits their lifestyle before making a commitment.

While bunnies are particularly adorable, Rachel Roxburgh, a rabbit welfare scientist at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) notes that their welfare needs are not fully understood.

This can lead to a reduced quality of life for the animal and abandonment by its owners when they find they can no longer cope.

The RSPCA witnesses this first hand - taking thousands of rabbits into its care every year.

Ms Roxburgh advises potential owners to think carefully about whether they have time and resources to look after a rabbit for the duration of their lives.

They have intricate welfare needs which have to be seen to if they are to lead a life that is healthy and content, she said.