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Bunny rabbits and some inappropriate laughter sparked discussion on this week's top post. Adam Starr's Backyard Bunnies Are the New Urban Chicken...


Bunny rabbits and some inappropriate laughter sparked discussion on this week's top post. Adam Starr's Backyard Bunnies Are the New Urban Chicken makes a case for households to raise rabbits as their source of meat. Starr extols the benefits of keeping and slaughtering rabbits, writing of their quiet nature, smaller carbon footprint than other animals, and their rapid reproduction rates. The piece includes some descriptive means of slaughtering the rabbits and a recipe for those interested in getting started.A primary issue with eating rabbit meat is the fact that fluffy bunnies are more often considered pets than dinner, an issue reflected when commenter Josh Linnell wrote "How do I tell the kids that we ate Mr. Fifi when they ask?" Megan Hargroder agreed, writing "The argument that they are ‘quieter than chickens' when being slaughtered makes my skin crawl. RABBITS ARE ADORABLE." On the other side, Myriam Dvm commented, "why should we only eat food that is ugly? Personally I think that if we are going to eat a living thing we should treat it with at least as much, if not more, respect than we give our pets."While the graphic descriptions of death irked some readers, a large portion of comments had little to do with the text-for many commenters, the post's opening photograph of three women laughing as they prepared and cut a rabbit was more troubling. Reader potroast233 commented "Good article but the lead photo is just way too disturbing. Killing an animal, even if for consumption, should be done in a respectful manner. Were they making the bodies hop like little bunnies before butchering them?" Pictures aside, what steps are you taking to make your diet more sustainable?
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