Ordinances Protecting Rabbits
Jun 11, 2013
Society Activist Corner
Following are the laws that we know
of in North America that deal with and protect pet rabbits:
North Carolina, Indiana,
Virginia, Florida, and Vermont ban the sale of unweaned rabbits, or rabbits
under 2 months of age.
Colorado bans the sale of
rabbits under the age of 4 weeks.
New Jersey, California,
Kentucky, South Carolina, Maine, Maryland, Montana, and Pennsylvania ban the
dying of rabbits and other animals and the sale or giveaway of rabbits
under 2 months of age.
North Dakota, DC, Illinois,
Arkansas, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Washington, Massachusetts,
Michigan, Minnesota, Louisiana, and Ohio prohibit the sale of dyed rabbits
and other animals.
DC bans the sale of pet rabbits
under the age of 16 weeks.
Pennsylvania bans the sale of
rabbits and other animals in public places.
Vermont and California prohibit
the sale of rabbits and other animals on the side of the road.
Alabama, Arkansas, California,
Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland,
Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York,
North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South
Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin all have laws
prohibiting the give away of rabbits and other animals as prizes in
carnivals or other events (although sometimes those laws only specify the
giveaway of very young animals).
California is considering
banning the sale of rabbits (and other animals) at flea markets and swap
meets in 2013.
City and County Laws
Aurora, CO has a mandatory
spay/neuter ordinance that includes rabbits. They also have a pet limit law
of two rabbits. Pet owners can get an exception to these laws by purchasing
a breeder or kennel license.
San Francisco, CA
prohibits the sale of pet rabbits in the city and county.
Los Angeles, CA prohibits the
sale of pet rabbits and other animals in the city’s pet stores.
The county of Bernalillo, NM
prohibits the sale of rabbits as companion animals (i.e. pet stores cannot
sell rabbits in the county). Sale of all rabbits is banned during the months
of March and April (this eliminates impulse sales for Easter). This does
not apply to the city of Albuquerque, which bans cat and dog sales but
allows rabbit sales.
Richmond, BC prohibits the sale
of pet rabbits in the city.
Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin,
and Houston, TX all ban the sale of rabbits and other animals in public
In Louisiana, St. Tammany
Parish, the Archdiocese of New Orleans, and the city of Slidell all forbid
giving away rabbits and other animals as prizes.
Any Arizona county with a
population of 800,000 or more prohibits the sale of rabbits or any other
animals on or near any public highway, street or park.
San Diego, CA is considering
banning the sale of rabbits (as well as cats and dogs) from pet stores in