Many owners still do not understand their rabbit’s accommodation needs. Rabbits have been kept in small hutches for so long now that it has become accepted by many as appropriate. The truth is that keeping rabbits shut up for long periods of time in inadequately sized housing is cruel and leads to mental and physical suffering.
“The RSPCA believes the traditional husbandry method of keeping rabbits permanently confined in small hutches is totally inappropriate for the long-term housing of rabbits kept as pets.”
It is not acceptable to shut pet rabbits into hutches for extended periods. We are working alongside other welfare organisations to re-educate the public that this tradition is outdated and unacceptable. Ask yourself whether you would want to keep a pet cat in a hutch for hours on end? We hope the answer is no! As intelligent, active animals of a very similar size there really is no difference keeping rabbits in small hutches.