I'm sure that from some quarters of 'civilisation' I am going to become a target for contradiction and most likely some quite venomous comments, but one of the things we do quite successfully here is to breed our own rabbits for the table.
This quite obviously means that at some time they have to be slaughtered, skinned and dressed for the table. This is quite a learned skill to do well, to ensure that the animal does not suffer and that the 'kill' for lack of a better word, is swift.
I want to send out my thanks to the internet for the remarkable amount of information there is as to how to achieve this act, but most of all my best thanks go out to a crofter in the wilds of Scotland. Stoney as he is known, provides through his blog, an excellent source of information ranging from animal husbandry through to the growing and storage of their own vegetable produce.
So I've just dressed two rabbits this morning, providing around 2¾ kilos of what I know to be very tasty meat. Whilst these two weren't the largest rabbits we've grown they were ready and we need the space as we have two mothers due to have their litters in the next two weeks.
When you grow your own animals for consumption, you know exactly what goes into them (so to speak) and you must be prepared and capable to process them as necessary. Yes I'm sure that there are some out there who being squeamish will have a blinkered view about this, especially those that consider rabbits to be solely 'pets' - but we're not. We recognise what the ultimate destination of our animals is, but we also recognise how well they are treated.
The photo associated with this posting are of a litter that were only 2 months old, they were in that cage for photo purposes only as we had a potential buyer for some. Our rabbits are housed in purpose built cages, some purchased and some home made - but they're certainly all well looked after in clean, dry accommodation. In fact we keep our rabbits indoors during the colder seasons, unlike some who keep theirs outside all year round.