The city council has voted to put an end to the sale of rabbits in NYC, thanks to their extreme fecundity overwhelming the city's already overburdened shelter system.
“Rabbits reproduce like—rabbits,” Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley said during a press conference, because someone had to. The number of little fur meatloaves occupying the city's shelters has doubled in recent years, exploding from 300 in 2012 to 600 in 2014, the Post reports.
That's probably because rabbits actually make kind of shitty pets! “Rabbits are sometimes disappointing, especially when you buy them for your child,” Margo DeMello, president of the House Rabbit Society, told Reuters. “They’re ground-dwelling and they do not want to be held and carried around.’’
The bill will now head to Mayor Bill de Blasio, though it's unclear whether he intends to sign it into law.
The good news is that the ban means most New York children will now probably never actually see a rabbit in real life, so it will be easy to convince them that the brick wrapped in an old rag that you give them for Easter is the real deal. Just keep them away from YouTube.