First we are told that the Galactic Empire/Federation/Powers-that-be have kept the Earth locked up for being too warlike, but now their help is needed against invaders from another galaxy.
When the aliens land the first thing they meet is a talking bunny.
at the end when humans have accepted to join the fight the alien offers to send ships to transport them. The human leader tells that there is no need... and the Earth accelerates away.
I must have read this sometime in the mid eighties, so no later than 84 or 85, but the story may be from the sixties or before.