Oh Laki, yikes. Yes, if I lived in the countryside or a more rural area I would absolutely never let a cat outside without being on a harness. Just 5 miles away in the "country" those same types of activities take place. Poisonings, getting struck by cars, all sorts of awful things. And even here in the city, we're careful. If Gremy had a habit of crossing the street, he'd be jailed for life but fortunately he doesn't. He stays mostly in the backyard.
That poor bunny. :(. I'm glad she was able to live out the rest of her years with you. Yeah, I saw that pic in your wall and snatches of the conv. I was like, Bunny Island? Awesome! But I agree the buns should be fixed.
I got my bunny from my grandmother's next door neighbor, in a very small rural town.
Shirley, CA is crazy when it comes to banning things. I never see gerbils either; I suspect those are illegal also. Ferrets, hedgehogs, axolotls, and who knows what else are banned here. I would not be surprised if CA had a ban on selling rabbits in pet stores because of an abundance of them in shelters.