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Thanks Carla. It seems that I can never hear the term 'balance' enough!
As a House Rabbit Society Educator and involved in rabbit rescue and care for the past 15 years, I was disappointed to see that the Inlander would print the story on raising rabbits for food. The article was advocating this practice. Much of the information in the article was incorrect.The photograph of the rabbit in the cage does not show nurturing and care, as he sits alone directly on wire. Rabbits are social and sensitive beings and they were designed to run. Based on their physical needs and characteristics there is no way that a 30 x 36 cage provides them with ‘plenty of room to move about during the day’.The article also states that rabbits reach adulthood at 8 to 10 weeks. This is absolutely false. Rabbits do not reach adulthood until they are at least 6 to 8 months of age.Gastrointestinal stasis is a serious condition that is generally called the ‘silent killer’. A drop of mineral oil doesn’t ‘fix them right up’ as stated in your article. When a rabbit stops eating the proper action is to seek veterinary care from a vet who is rabbit savvy.My primary objection to this article is that you are advocating breeding rabbits to eat. Rabbits are rapidly becoming common as a household companion, much like a dog or cat. They can be litter box trained and make excellent house companions. Rabbits have individual personalities and temperaments and can feel pain, just like dogs, cats, humans and other animals. Hopefully your readers would consider compassion toward rabbits as opposed to consuming them.Kit Jagoda
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