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Spoiler alert! This article talks about rabbits raised for food

Rabbits are extremely cute and I understand when people say that they could never eat one, especially after taking care of them on a daily basis.

Right now, I have 21 of them. Most are the larger, brown type that are primarily the meat rabbits. I also have black, tan and white ones that people sometimes purchase as pets.

I guess because my parents hunted and raised farm animals that were meant for the table, I have been exposed to the idea enough that is something I can accept. The meat is lean and I know exactly what the animals were fed - there's no antibiotics or other similar products used. I like that I have a bit of control over being able to provide food for my family. Each spring, I also plant and grow a large amount of vegetables to use in meal preparation for my family.

Just in case you wondered, I do shave my armpits and I go to the grocery store. I have not begun raising crickets for food yet, but never say never...they are a really inexpensive, great source of protein I hear...

Image Credit » Angie's photo - some of her rabbits

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seren3 wrote on January 13, 2015, 10:46 PM

I have heard that chocolate covered crickets and fried grasshoppers are amazingly delicious!

angelaterese13 wrote on January 13, 2015, 11:52 PM

I haven't actually met anyone in person yet who's tried them - I'm curious, but I'd like to hear another's opinion first before I try them myself...

peachpurple wrote on January 14, 2015, 12:18 AM

wait, you mean you raise rabbits and have them for your meal? Or did I read wrongly?

OnlyErin6 wrote on January 14, 2015, 1:02 AM

I don't discriminate against cute animals when I'm eating dinner... why should cute animals be safe if you're going to eat meat anyway? I haven't had rabbit, but I love duck. Goat is actually really good too.

OnlyErin6 wrote on January 14, 2015, 1:58 AM

I would try the ants first. They seem less, um... crunchy or something. They're smaller too.

angelaterese13 wrote on January 14, 2015, 8:41 AM

I do raise rabbits for food. Like people raise chickens for food. It is kind of hard for some people to accept - rabbits do make great pets, too!

angelaterese13 wrote on January 14, 2015, 7:58 PM

I haven't had duck, but I'd really like to try it. I've had goat before - it was pretty good!

mrsmerlin wrote on January 15, 2015, 5:41 PM

ewww I have to pretend you didn't write this as I'm a vegetarian so lets say this post is about just the veg and perhaps home baking or jam making or something. lol

angelaterese13 wrote on January 15, 2015, 10:17 PM

Okay. heehee I was actually talking about the mushrooms I love finding out in the wild - they just look like rabbits... : )

VinceSummers wrote on January 15, 2015, 11:10 PM

I enjoy meat and I am not against it. But that is as long as the animals are treated (and killed) in the most humane way possible.

BeadDoodler wrote on January 17, 2015, 9:39 PM

How about cicadas? They swarm about every 7 years around here. wonder if they're good to eat. LOL I have raised rabbits for meat, not only for our table when I was growing up, but to sell for meat. Growing up on a farm means knowing all the little details about where food comes from. I think we appreciate it more than those with urban backgrounds.

angelaterese13 wrote on January 17, 2015, 11:11 PM

Not only did my parents raise chickens, hogs, and rabbits for food, they also hunted for food as well. We also fished. They knew how to make do.

valmnz wrote on January 20, 2015, 5:57 AM

I'm one who thinks there's a huge difference between raising a cow and raising a rabbit. I have eaten wild rabbit though.

phoenixmaid wrote on February 10, 2015, 5:23 AM

LOl the crickets made me giggle. While i highly doubt I would have the stomach for it I think it's a good thing. Your know your animals have been treated well in life and had a humane end which is more than those of us who buy shop brought meat can say. Having lived next to a slaughter house and worked in a chicken factory in the past I know that the animals are more often than not mistreated in the name of profits I take my hat of to you for doing it.