Furry Friends Or Food? Whole Foods Starts Selling Rabbit Meat Amidst Protests

Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail… Or is it, here comes lunch, yum, rabbit meat? That’s at the center of a controversy between people who think rabbits should remain our furry friends and not our food, and the move by Whole Foods to start selling rabbit meat at selected stores.

Friends of pet bunnies say they’ll be showing their disapproval with the situation at Whole Foods stores this weekend, reports the Huffington Post, handing out leaflets that highlight the “popular furry companion” side of rabbits as pets.

A nonprofit group called The House Rabbit Society wants participants around the country to be nice when telling shoppers about how awesome and fun it is to have a pet rabbit, and to ask people to fill out comment cards about the rabbit meat or speak to store managers.

You can buy rabbit meat in Whole Foods Stores in certain locations in Northern California, the mid-Atlantic, the Midwest, north Atlantic, Northeast, South and Pacific Northwest right now.

Whole Foods said in a statement to HuffPo that the company is “sensitive to the companion animal issue,” and that the only reason rabbit meat is for sale is because customers asked for it.

“A number of shoppers have been asking Whole Foods Market to carry rabbit for years but conventional raising practices do not meet our rigorous animal welfare standards,” he said. “To meet our customers’ requests for rabbit we needed our own set of animal welfare standards. These animal welfare standards are a direct result of a rigorous four-year process to address the welfare issues in rabbit production.”

Whole Foods’ Plan To Sell Rabbit Meat Incites Fury [Huffington Post]

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  1. IMakeMyOwnSnarkAtHome says:

    I’ve had pet chickens, I eat chicken. I’ve had pet snakes, I eat snake.

    Just because you eat a type of animal doesn’t mean you can’t be friends with them. I care for and nurture my corn and pumpkins, because I like to be out in the garden and see them grow. I keep track of their progress and health, make sure they get the right nutrients and sunlight, and make lots of little bug friends too. But I’m not going to get upset if someone eats corn and pumpkins.

    Some animals have to be eaten for other animals to survive. Same with plants. That’s life. Be kind to the lives you interact with, and be thankful when something else had to die for you to live. It isn’t hard.

  2. Pacer says:

    Well, people eat little lambies and baby cows too.

    During World War II shortages my grandparents would buy rabbit meat at a farm. The farmer would sell them dressed carcasses but would leave the paws on so that they would know they were getting actual rabbits and not skinned cats.

  3. mrkake says:

    I don’t eat animals or animal products at all. Period. Nor do I believe anyone else should, or has to. It’s way more expensive to feed animals the plants they need to grow than it would be to just eat those plants directly, and the amount of nourishment provided by the meat is far less.

    That aside, I think its incredibly stupid that people are more attached some some animals than others. Cats, dogs, rabbits, humans, horses, cows, pigs, gorillas, dolphins, manatees, sea turtles, worms, lizards, flies, lochness monsters….. they are all the same. They are all animals. No one should give any more thought to eating a rabbit than they should to eating their first born son. The fact that some people eat cows/pigs so easily but won’t eat a rabbit just completely baffles me.

    Just my personal thoughts.

    • IMakeMyOwnSnarkAtHome says:

      I know you are trying to make a point, but the fact that you see no difference in eating a rabbit and your first born son is a bit unsettling. You may need to see a therapist before you go on a murder spree.

      Also why do you think the life of a plant has less value than the life of an animal? The lives of both are equally important, and by eating either one you are still causing a life to cease. What exactly makes it ok for you when it is a plant vs an animal?

      • mrkake says:

        Plants do not have a central nervous system. But that aside — fine, lets say you consider plants on the same level as other animals. Your choice is to either die, or minimize the amount you eat. In this case, when you eat an animal you are killing all of the plants that animal needs to eats for all of the time it is alive, and then killing the animal. You could eat those plants directly and get the equivalent nutrition of feeding the animal for possibly years. Eating animals just doesn’t make any sense from an economic point of view… let alone an ethical point of view.

        And I don’t want to start a fight or anything… but why would I have to go see a therapist? That makes absolutely no sense. I would never go on a murder rampage because I know murder is wrong, and I don’t murder. I would be more concerned the average person who eats animals murdering me or others, since they murder multiple times a day and don’t see any problem with it.