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    Yes, killing bunnies, even those raised in the back yard, seems like an awfully hard thing to do.  But people have done it, and do it now -- even just as 4-H projects.

    I don't have any personal experience of this, with bunnies or chickens, although the Sunday chicken dinners at my Grandpa's house were from chickens killed the day before out on the farm.

    It seems to me that if one is going to have urban livestock, one is going to have to  come to terms with the necessity of eventually butchering that livestock, or having it butchered, or giving it away to someone who will butcher & eat it.  Yesterday Cooks' Country on PBS/Create taught me that laying hens produce for only about 3 years.  Does one keep feeding non-producing birds, turn them into food for humans or carnivorous pets, or just kill them and throw them away?

    At least you, Lorinda, have the skills to make use of these protein-sources if the need arises.  As for the roadkill, well, you never know what you'll have to do in life until a situation confronts you.  I'm glad you knew how to provide for yourself in that way.

    While writing this, I keep thinking of a movie (Winter Bones?), set in backwoods Missouri, in which a teenage girl is left to fend for herself, her 2 young siblings, and their disabled mother.  At one point, the girl takes her sibs out and teaches them how to load the rifle and shoot squirrels.  Then she teaches them how to skin and gut the squirrel, telling her brother 'There's just some things you're gonna have to get over being scared of.'    A moment later, she uses her knife to draw out a thin strand of squirrel gut, eliciting sqeuals from the kids.  'Are we gonna eat that?' asks the tiny sister.  'Not yet.' says the teacher.

    If the world got to the point where we had to eat squirrels and possums and raccoons, I think we'd be grateful to have poultry and rabbits available and would find a way to overcome our aversions.  And I'd be really glad to have someone like you available to teach me.

    Actually, Mitt, I AM entitled to food.

    by CroneWit on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 09:35:36 AM PDT

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    •  My wife, Tonia, is ready, willing, and eager (0+ / 0-)

      to kill any animal
      that we can eat.

      She has killed and plucked chickens before,
      and she has no problem with it.

      I could do it in a pinch,
      if I was hungry enough,
      but I plan to let her do most of it.

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