Facts for Survival and Everyday use

Rabbit Meat Information  

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Rabbit Meat Information

Facts for Survival and Everyday use 

1: Rabbits, especially the European rabbits have been used for meat as far back as 1500BC

2: Our forefathers whether Native American or Settler ate rabbit meat.

3: Well kept rabbits raised off the ground are one of the cleanest meats.

4: In the US, rabbits are rarely ever fed anything medicated, and are not treated with hormonal growth stimulants.

5: One little rabbit that weighs 10 pounds, can produce 300 pounds of meat in a year! 

6: Rabbit is the highest protein% of all meats. (U S D A circular # 549)

7: Rabbit has only 795 calories per pound. As compared to Chicken 810, Veal 840, Turkey 1190,

Lamb 1420, Beef 1440, Pork 2050. ( U S D A circular # 549 )

8: Cholesterol level in rabbit meat is much lower than chicken, turkey, beef, pork. (Alabama A & M University 1989)

9: Rabbit meat is available almost anytime of the year and  it is especially recommended during the hot summer months, as it does not contain the heating properties of most meats.

10: Rabbit is more filling and easier to digest than other meats, meaning less is needed per meal.

11: Rabbit meat has been used and is suitable for special diets, such as those for heart disease patients, diets for the aged, low sodium diets, weight reduction diets, etc.

12: Baby rabbits feed on mothers milk so rich that they can double their weight in 6 short days as compared to a pig at 14 days, calves 47 days, and humans 160 days.

13: The first recorded rabbitry was in early Roman times, There rabbits were kept in walled rabbit gardens for food. This saved waste over bigger animals because the whole rabbit was eaten. 

14: The lack of wasted food in the absence of refrigeration, is a huge plus all by itself.

15: As the worlds human population grows there will be less land and water to raise food. The rabbit will play an increasing role in food production, due to the fact that rabbits can and do grow well .

16: France is the world's largest producer and consumer of rabbit meat. In Hungary there are rabbitries with over 10,000 does producing rabbits for export to Italy.

17: Rabbits are quiet and easy to keep in sanitary conditions, and thus make an excellent source of meat in small or even urban areas. . 

18: Most meat rabbit breeds can withstand cold weather down to -20 as long as they have hay or straw to burrow in, with appropriate shelter from the extreme weather, wind, snow etc. So electricity isn't as necessary to raise them. But keep in mind you will need to keep your rabbits cool in the summer heat. We try to stay below 80°F but it is better at 70°F or lower with our New Zealand rabbits in the summer. And this can depend on your breed type.

19: In emergencies, rabbits can be more easily moved out of an area as compared to larger livestock in similar numbers. .

20: If you are stuck out in the woods and get lucky enough to get a rabbit. They are the highest in protein and vitamin B12 and it may just give you enough nutrition to get out of the woods alive.

21: Rabbit meat Does have fat, more than most people think. The fat is on the outside of the meat like a deer and not as laced in the meat like a cow.

22: If you eat as much of the rabbit as you can like eyes, brain, silver skin and globular fat that would be the best in a survival situation. The brain is almost entirely fat. The liver has some fat. If you eat the organs as well as the meat, you’ll get plenty of fat. (Also bone marrow)

23: Rabbit is not “entirely lean”. In fact, it has roughly the same fat content of White-tailed Deer and most other wild game meat.

24: In order to be plagued by the so called rabbit starvation, you have to have no fat stores of your own. Even if you’re just 5 or 10 pounds overweight, you have enough stored fat in your body to remain healthy through an entire winter of eating nothing but rabbit.

25: Adding rabbit meat to your meal plan gives you a big boost in vitamin B-12 -- each 3-oz. serving provides 117.6 percent of the recommended daily intake. Vitamin B-12 plays a critical role in the function of your central nervous system and metabolism, as well as the formation of red blood cells. Your body has the ability to store a few years' worth of vitamin B-12, so eating rabbit supplies you with not just your daily requirements, but a little extra as well.

26: Rabbit also serves as a rich source of vitamin B3, containing 35.8 percent of the amount your need each day. This vitamin, commonly known as niacin, aids in converting carbohydrates to energy and manufacturing a variety of sex hormones.

27: Rabbit meat contains selenium, a mineral your body uses to make antioxidants and stimulate sperm production; each 3-oz. portion of meat contains 46.8 percent of the recommended daily value of selenium. MedlinePlus reports that some physicians may recommend incorporating more selenium into your diet to combat hardening of the arteries, as well as cancers such as stomach, lung, prostate and skin cancer.

28: A 3-oz. serving of rabbit also provides you with 22.4 percent of the phosphorus you need in your daily meal plan. This mineral accounts for 1 percent of your total body weight and influences your body's ability to use carbohydrates and fats, as well as the repair of cells, tissues,  bone metabolism and health .

29: Rabbit meat can be used in almost all recipes that Chicken is used in. Here is a link for recipes -  Click here

30: The office of home economics, state relations of the U S Department of Agriculture has made extensive tests and have stated that domestic rabbit meat is the most nutritious meat known to man.

Thank you



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American Rabbit Breeders Association  The ARBA is an organization dedicated to the promotion, development and improvement of the domestic rabbit and cavy. 

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Meat Rabbit List  This Forum is dedicated to helping people raise rabbits for meat. Advising them with health problems of rabbits and the best breeds for meat producing + much more. 

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