More than half the world’s wild rabbit species are endangered or threatened, while their domestic brethren are subjected to the abuses of cosmetics testing, the pet trade and the fur industry.
Bugs Bunny, Thumper, Peter Cottontail, Brer Rabbit—these shy but clever little herbivores have long appealed to the human imagination. Nearly silent, wild rabbits warn each other of danger by thumping the ground using their powerful hind legs (which is how Thumper got his name).
Female rabbits are called does; males are called bucks. But their babies are called kittens! (Oh deer.)
Our latest look into one of the United States' largest pet store chains has linked them to a rabbit mill. Our investigator discovered that rabbits at a Virginia location were deprived of veterinary care and often died—up to 14 dead rabbits were found in the freezer on a single day in January 2019.