The RSPCA received more than 5,000 reports about rabbits in 2019

The RSPCA is shining a light on the plight of rabbits as the charity received more than 5,000 reports about rabbits in 2019.

Despite rabbits often being perceived as an ideal ‘starter pet’ for young children, they actually have complex needs and are one of the most neglected pets in Britain.

In 2019, there were 5,482 incidents reported to the RSPCA about rabbits and it received over 900 neglect complaints about rabbits last year. There were also more than 300 abandonment complaints and 164 calls from owners wishing to give up their rabbits.

Dr Jane Tyson, the RSPCA’s rabbit welfare expert, said: “Sadly, when rabbits are bought on impulse, an owner may not realise how complex they are to care for and what a commitment caring for rabbits can be.

“Rabbits are arguably one of the most neglected pets in Britain despite being much-loved by many. Loving pet owners will understand their complex needs but unfortunately some of the common misconceptions about housing and diet are still prevalent today.”

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