She was manhandling the bejeezus out of the poor thing so no wonder it bit her. Rabbits are intelligent and social animals on par with a cat as a pet if they are given the chance (with the added advantage that they don’t bring you dead birds as presents). I have two dwarf lops that were both other people’s kids pets that they got bored with within a month. They both learned to reliably come when I call their names within a couple of days. Needless to say, they’re in no danger of ending up in the pot, much to the Bearcoat’s disappointment.
I have no problem with people raising rabbits for meat, but someone should teach her how to dislocate their necks cleanly/quickly rather than take a couple of goes to bash their heads in. Good luck to anybody who finds rabbit or hare palatable. I’ve yet to find a recipe for either that doesn’t make the meat taste dry and greasy all at the same time. Ick! Give me venison or wood pigeon any day.
Dispatching a rabbit is the easiest slaughtering job in the world. How could anybody botch it up.
As for the meat–I love it. It has to be the lowest fat domestically-raised meat available. Unfortunately, the rest of my clan has a bad case of Bambi Complex so I seldom get to eat it (or goose, or duck, or venison, etc., etc., ad nauseam.)
I wouldn’t say rabbits are equal to a cat as a pet, though they do make good pets and will use a litterbox, so they don’t have to be caged if trained properly. HAHA I actually had to change brands of cat litter once because of a pet rabbit. I used to use a litter called “Litter Green” that was made of pelleted alfalfa … well, guess what the rabbit thought THAT was ?
That being said, I have to say I love rabbit meat. It’s the most tender meat around, and the most healthful to eat. But that woman went about killing the rabbit in a horrible, unnecessarily cruel way. Pet the rabbit to calm it, give it a bit of apple or carrot to distract it, then kill it with a quick nuchal dislocation. Oh, and it helps if you handle the rabbits from the time they are babies to get them accustomed to being picked up so you don’t scare them half to death. NOT picking them up while big dogs are leaping and barking at them from just across a fence is smart too. Banging one over the head five or six times with a piece of firewood just isn’t right. She ought to be arrested.
I must admit that I’m fond of both cats and rabbits and they have their own individual charms as companions, though dogs are my biggest love.
Have to laugh at your litter tray problem. In my case it’s the dogs thinking rabbit poop is a caviar like delicacy for dogs. The rabbits live outside in a large dog kennel, but on days when I clean the litter trays, the dogs can’t wait to see if there’s any stray poops to be found. If the rabbits lived in the house with us, their litter trays would be perpetually poo free courtesy of mooching dogs.
Yes, that’s true: rabbits have two types of poo. The soft pellets that they reingest are partially digested vegetable matter & reingesting them is analogous to ruminants chewing their cud. Then after the pellets have been reconsumed, the food passes through the digestive tract again & is excreted as harder, drier pellets that have no (or very little) nutritional value.
I don’t raise rabbits for meat these day. I may again at some point but the only rabbits I have now are a couple of old guys that I keep as pets. They, too, live in an outside hutch with poop trays that I can clean and change regularly. That seems to work out best for both the rabbits and the people :-).
And m, I have to keep my cats’ boxes away from the dogs too. They love the kitty tootsie rolls.
Aha! Now I can tell my wife that I’m not the only one who calls them Tootsie Rolls. ;^)
We’ve only had one rabbit here and that was a pet–a Dwarf Black–given to our youngest daughter by her then boyfriend. Although, there was no way I ever would have been allowed to eat him, she did ask my opinion on naming him. Knowing that she had no German at the time, I convinced her to name him Hassenpfeffer. (I’m not sure she ever fully forgave me for that one.)