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A sales policy shift at PetSmart moves rabbit advocates to seek better statistics

A sales policy shift at PetSmart moves rabbit advocates to seek better statistics

Michelle Riley/The HSUS
Surprise and outrage—those were the collective feelings of the members of the House Rabbit Society (HRS) last July when the pet supply giant, PetSmart, announced it would begin “test sales” of rabbits in some of its stores. In the past, PetSmart avoided selling rabbits for the same reason it doesn’t sell dogs and cats: Too many end up in shelters.

Since HRS chapters across the country already handle some 35,000 pet rabbits each year—most of whom likely originated in pet stores—HRS representatives were extremely concerned about the increase in rabbit surrenders that would inevitably follow this unfortunate policy change.

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