Rabbits are multipurpose animals. They can be food, fur/fiber, or companions. This is a large part of the problem when determining proper care and protection...and a big reason I am so infatuated. I can't help but love usefulness. But, such matters are complicated because there are pet folks that can't imagine eating a rabbit. There are proponents of rabbit meat who see their herd as purely livestock. Then there are those that see rabbits as a renewable fiber resource. And of course, there are those who see the wonderful utilitarian nature of rabbits and who consider rabbits as any combination of the aforementioned. The same animal can be considered as livestock AND/OR pet, depending on person, geographic location, or intent. How unique, fascinating, and aggravating at the same time!