Hi! Looks like I whacked a hornet's nest here.
I thought my disclaimer for the vegetarians in the subject line would get me off the hook. Oh well.
First off, I need to thank CK'smama, myrhhmaid and EnviroBecca for coming to my defense.
My computer was down this weekend so I couldn't respond sooner.
And thanks to Plady and toraji for supporting my thoughts about raising my own protein source.
I feel like I need to justify my request a bit since it raised so much contraversy.
First off, I have never eaten rabbit, and I hope that I will like it since dh does.
We are trying out best to "get off the grid" I grow almost everything we eat in my organic garden. I participate in a community garden center as well, and pick up organics from local merchants for composting 7 days a week.
I used to work at a no-kill rescue for dogs and have no contempt for animals.
I am very allergic to soy and can not use that as a protein alternative. And lets face it, we are omnivores and need both vegetables and protein to survive and if I only eat beans and broccoli, my hubbie will make me move out.
As far as animal rights issues, I am aware of the arguments behind not eating meat, but the heath issues, to my understanding, are more based on the garbage that is fed to the animals and not something that is inherently unhealthy about meat. Furthermore, the argument about the poor treatment of animals is very valid and what the angry poster earlier may not have realized is that by doing this at home I am not patronizing the supermarkets and not contributing to the demand that stimulates the supply.
The rabbitry at our house is in a cool shady area. Their space is 10x60 feet. They eat fresh veggies, oat hay etc.. and have fresh water. Dh will take care of slaughter and cleaning. He has done it since he was a boy and knows best. I don't think I will stick around to watch. My point is that they will be treated light years better than commercial meat producing industry.
Why rabbits? because they are quiet and easy. They have very low fat content, are super high in Omega 3 and since there was no way to do salmon in the backyard, it seemed like a good choice.
Will I get attached? well so far, I am a bit afraid of them. They are completely wild. Not your petstore variety at all.
what will I do with the pelts? I just downloaded an article on how to tan the pelts. I am not sure if I can do this... once again everything is theoretical to this point . But, I will continue reading about it.
Why not chickens? We have been talking about them too. I was not sure if the hens would lay without a rooster since we live in the city and I think the noise would be a problem.
Anyway, maybe I am a bit wacky, but it seemed better than going to the store and eating weird hormones or going to Whole foods and breaking the bank.
thanks to everyone. This has been a great discussion and I would love to hear what anyone else thinks.