Part of raising livestock is, ultimately, slaughtering the animal. Small farms and homesteads always try to be as humane as possible, and the uncertainty of the slaughter often keeps people from taking the leap.
Rabbits are a particularly tricky subject. They’re cute and fluffy and iconic of holidays or children’s books (and companion animals to many). Despite having a long history as livestock, fanciers have created many breeds suited for nothing but companions or show. This has radically affected the way people think of the domestic rabbit, and made even those who raise them as livestock initially squeamish about slaughtering the animal.
Here’s the advanced warning: this post discusses the slaughter of farm animals and contains a graphic video on the subject. I have inserted a large image of a penguin for those of you who want to see none of the subject.
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In the spirit of the desire to have as quick and humane a dispatch as possible, cervical dislocation – which results in near instantaneous dispatch – has become popular about rabbit breeders. The most common method of dislocation is the “broomstick method”, which is demonstrated in the video below. Many breeders prefer to use a metal pole, so they don’t need to worry about it “giving”, which would result in pain and injury to the rabbit.
Here’s another warning: the following video is graphic and details the slaughter, skinning and gutting of a rabbit.