The rapid spread of the rabbit led to the destruction of large tracts of vegetation, leading to the extinction of many plant species. The destruction of habitat has contributed to the demise of many native marsupial species as their feed sources were outstripped by rabbits. Rabbits often attract other vermin like foxes and cats.
They actively compete with domestic livestock. Seven to ten rabbits eat the equivalent of one adult sheep, and, during drought periods, rabbits can totally strip a landscape bare leaving no food for sheep, cattle or native animals and causing large scale erosion. Rabbit warrens not only destroy the land, they are also hazardous to vehicles, stock and people.