Swedes aren't into renting summer homes; instead, they're getting into renting summer rabbits. According to the English-language Swedish newspaper The Local, bunny farms are "popping up like rabbits" across the country, offering families the opportunity to "adopt" a bunny for just a few months, until they get sick of it or decide they don't want a pet.
"I've been doing this for ten years, but in the beginning there were maybe only ten families interested," said Kristina Karlsson, who runs Gangvide Farm, which rents out chickens and ducks, in addition to rabbits. "Now there are between 40 and 70 families each year who want to try it out. Interest is huge, particularly among families in the city and those who want to test for allergies. ... Renting is great because people can try it out before they commit. Sometimes people plan on having a rabbit for three weeks or a month, and come back after just four days. Maybe the kids have lost interest."
While it's great that program's like Karlsson's can help families avoid the all-too-common outcome of abandoning their pet bunnies (which is much, much more common than you'd suspect), it's still possible to make an informed decision about pet ownership without generating a new industry that uses animals for commercial gains. Rabbit rentals (and the also popular chicken and duck rentals, for that matter) sound a lot like foster pet programs, except the animals in question aren't in need of fostering.