Originally Posted by RavenousDragon
To be fair, people are WAY more likely to adopt a 'rare purebred superspecial rabbit x' than a mixed breed rabbit. This is true of any animal (with the exception of a dog being labeled anything pit bull mix)- if the tag says something fancy, people are more likely to give the animal a chance. It's a 'marketing' strategy for the "harder to adopts" so to speak.
I understand what you're saying. I know that shelters have to find homes for these rabbits, and that often the breed is misidentified, but not deliberately.
But deliberately misrepresenting the breed or characteristics of a pet up for adoption is just plain wrong. It's a recipe for a bounce back to the shelter when the new owner realizes they've been had. Especially if, for example, the adopter wanted a giant breed rabbit and the rabbit they adopt stops growing at 5 lb. Or they find out that the "rare English Spot" they adopted is actually a plain ordinary mixed breed rabbit, not "rare" at all. Or, the adopter wanted a shorthaired rabbit and ended up with a Lionhead or Angora who sheds all over the place and requires constant grooming.
People have a right to know (within reason) what to expect when they adopt. And the public often views rabbits and other smaller pets as disposable. So there's a very real risk that a rabbit who was "marketed" with false advertising could be dumped outdoors because the owner can't find a home for it and can't keep it. Not all shelters and rescues are willing to take animals back, or they charge a high fee to do so.