Some of you know first hand from living with them, that rabbits are intelligent, social animals who need mental stimulation, toys, exercise, environmental activity, and social interaction. If you haven't had the opportunity to get to know one, you can meet some at Out to Pasture Sanctuary. These rabbits come from various backgrounds. Some have been rescued from animal testing labs, some rescued from slaughter, some rescued from neglectful hoarders. A local Portland organization, Rabbit Advocates, helps find homes for adoptable rabbits, if you are interested in meeting and potentially adopting one.
Unfortunately, many rabbits are valued only as commodities rather than beings. Some suffer in the Angora wool industry. Others are exploited in laboratories for product testing and other uses. Those raised for "meat" endure a brutal and unnatural existence, and for some reason, like chickens and turkeys, are not even covered by the minimal protections in the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act.