Sunday, March 14, 2010


Rabbits are nice creatures, considered friendly when domesticated. Fabulous bunny stories and cartoons are the staple entertainment for small kids. But thinking it as a source of meat may be anathema, especially to children. Search for novel foods that can supplement present production, does not leave rabbits also as a good source of nutritious meat. Considering that rabbits can be reared easily and economically, it is bound to become a popular food in the West. Of course it will not be easy to get rabbit meat accepted by children because of the exalted position assigned to rabbits in their own little world.

"In an age when diners scoop marrow from roasted beef shins and dissect the feet of pigs raised by people they've met, rabbit certainly seems like the right meat at the right time. American rabbit is typically raised on smaller farms, not in some giant industrial rabbit complex. The meat is lean and healthy, and makes an interesting break from chicken. For people learning to butcher at home,
a rabbit is less daunting to cut up than a pig or a goat. And those who are truly obsessed with knowing where their food comes from can raise it themselves.Still, it's a rabbit, the animal entire generations know as the star of children's books and Saturday-morning cartoons, and as a classroom mascot".

It is amusing to learn about the reported willingness of New Yorkers to shell out $ 100 to learn butchering of rabbits, considered very easy because a hit on the back of its head kills the creature instantly. Dressing of rabbit carcass requires some skill as it is very fragile, not amenable to clean cutting. Rabbit meat being leaner than pork, beef and chicken may find increasing acceptance by health conscious consumers. Commercial rabbit farms are not known to exist and rabbit is now thought of as a local food that can be produced by small and house-hold entrepreneurs for local sales or self consumption.


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