This morning I read a post on Face Book that was quite disturbing since I raise rabbits for meat and soon for show. The post was from the website minds.com, posted by a page with Sustainable in the name on FB. A horrific view of mass killing and medical research was dropped on all meat raisers of rabbits. They high-lite PETA as the protectors of rabbits, but hold on: PETA KILLS every animal they cannot re-home immediately!
The Huffington Post published an article about Peta killing a bunch of animals in 2015.
The group euthanized 2,454 of its 3,369 cats, dogs and other animals, the vast majority of which were “owner surrenders,” meaning that they’d been relinquished to the group voluntarily. Just 23 dogs and 16 cats were adopted.
Listen, I can agree to bad pet and livestock growers that do NOT actually raise their animals with love and good care being “rescued” from a bad life. My rabbits have individual cage sizes no smaller than 4 ft. x 3 ft. My rabbits have toys and boxes and play platforms. My rabbits are handled daily and played with. I love my rabbits, and I appreciate what they do for me. I take a lot of loss making sure they are healthy where factory farms will work them until they cull them. Most backyard meat rabbit raisers love their animals and treat them with love. Most of us know that caring properly for the rabbits returns little or no profit. It gives us meat to survive on, hides to use for various useful items, food and snacks for our meat eating animals, and hopefully with a few sales of these items and meat, it will cover the cost of the feed we buy.
I take pride in knowing that the rabbit meat I eat is well cared for. They feel loved while they are alive. They feel no pain or stress when their times come, and unlike factory farms, we only grow what we can eat and sell to other growers. I actually get stuck keeping culled rabbits because I LOVE THEM!!!
Anyone that eats meat and wants to talk down to the small backyard food growers should have a legitimate reason that actually exists in these backyard, small sustainable operations. AND…if you are judging us, then you shouldn’t be buying factory raised meat or meat products in the grocery store because if you do…YOU are contributing to animal abuse and neglect. Those factory farms wouldn’t be around if you weren’t buying their mistreated animal meat.
In ending this rant over unfair, uninformed judgement directed to all of us meat rabbit raisers, I want to say that wild rabbit meat, and domestic rabbit me are different. The same goes for wild hogs versus domesticated hogs. How bout you go hunt a wild boar instead of buying that pound of bacon or that package of pork chops in the grocery store. Fair is fair, and livestock has a purpose. Don’t group the good people with the true abusers and those that contribute by purchasing their products.