So rabbit day. I write this not to revel in the killing, which was unpleasant(although I am certain there will be those who refuse to believe that). I write to remind all of us who eat meat that we have a responsibility to ensure the animals we eat do not suffer in life or death. We put 17 rabbits in the freezer tonight. Some say it is unnecessary. J, for example, is pissed at me right now. But, most of the complaints will be hypocritical. Those who shovel burgers into their face will take the time to write about what a bastard I am. Fine. But I can rest easy. These animals did not suffer in life or death. We have pounds of organic meat in the freezer. Nothing was wasted. The meat is for us. The hides are being salted and will be tanned this winter. The rest were boiled over a fire and fed to the hogs. Free protein. It is unpleasant but I do not feel removed from my food. I am not allowing the animals I eat to suffer, even if it costs me time and money. So. Rabbit day. Many thanks to the interns who helped me...you made an intolerable job manageable. I will make the rabbit stew on Thursday when we make beer.

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P.S. G GET YOUR ASS UP HERE! I AM SERIOUS NOW BOY!
ken said…
Fond memories of chicken day last year.....Is G moving back up? maybe we can drive together.
Anonymous said…
I just think the ratio of max 2lbs meat to the amount of food you had to buy to feed them all is not practical.
I have been apart of raising all the animals we have had, from start to the slaughter and the rabbits should have been no different but I looked and wish I had not.
You and the boys can keep that enjoyable task I will stick with plucking chickens !!
Anonymous said…
you are wrong ,you do enjoy killing , it shows on your face being on a farm we killed our animals to eat but the difference is we did it humanely ,you dont ,
Justin T. said…
I object to the inhumane use of commas and poor grammar.
The look on face reflects but one second of time. I don't know why I was half smiling or grimacing. Just like anything, if you get a good group of guys together and a few beers it is tolerable. Since you weren't there I am not sure how you are qualified to say what it was like or whether it was humane. How much meat do you eat down there in Florida anyways?
josh said…
What you haven't heard of the south beach diet - no slamming Florida for Florida's sake dude
Anonymous said…
im not coming up, youve changed...i dont enjoy slaughtering rabits just for the sake of feeling powerful.

g
Anonymous said…
I igree., Yer is an rabite kiler. I haete rabite meet, ,And mooses too.

g2
Gee g1 so when we went rabbit hunting that time, we were BOTH evil? Seriously dude don't you have something better to than pretend to be G. You are a total loser. Go write some more bad poetry about what a fuck up you are.
Anonymous said…
Yes, I would refer to the blog entry on December 2, 2007. Rabbits, Bro!

g2
josh said…
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josh said…
Stupid typos

Seriously though, they're fucking rabbits. Do they deserve some higher standard of guilt than chickens or ants or that damn woman that lives next to you with that fucking good for nothing dog that always barks on Saturday morning and makes you want to . . . Oh never mind her, what's the problem here? These little bunnies live productive little lives, were treated better than the chickens that lay a majority of our eggs, the majority of chickens that stock our freezers, the majority of beef that we eat, whether burger or other fashions, the pigs that gave us the swine flu from that miserable torture chamber pig farm in Mexico, the foie that I so happily suck down when I have a couple bucks. "Oh but they bunny wabbits." Fuck you. Get real and fuck off.
Gracehoper said…
What will you do with the hides? You could make rabbit muffs for your little girls for next winter.
Well said Josh. Grace, I'm not sure...will tan them first and make something. Chickens tomorrow!
~LA said…
Hey there, PDinA - don't know if you remember me; G helped me & the dog get moved in a couple of days before I started in Placer, then complained about it daily for the remaining few weeks before deserting me & heading off with you for the great white north. Been reading your blog almost from the beginning and thoroughly enjoy it -most of the time. ;-)
We were pretty poor growing up and the rabbit my dad raised was one of our very few meat sources. He felt same as you about how they were to be raised & slaughtered. The breeders were kept separate and we were allowed to name them, pet & play with them. All the others were strictly off limits. I love the taste of rabbit to this day - thanks for the reminder.

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