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RABBITS FOR MEAT MAKES SENSE

Published Apr. 13, 2008|Updated Apr. 13, 2008

Re: Big scare helps small farm grow - April 7, story

We are sorry if the article upset some people. Rabbit meat is the food base for most of Europe. If you eat cows, pigs and other animals, it is reasonable to eat rabbit as well.

We'd like to share some information that may help them feel better about the use of rabbits for food. This information was gleaned from a presentation done by the president of the American Rabbit Breeders Association.

Thank God we in the U.S. have a bounty of fine foods to pick from. We can eat anything we so choose. The need for meat is confirmed by the United Nations projects to increase rabbit production all over the world. Rabbit is a meat that can be grown with feeds that do not compete for human food. Without heavy increases of rabbit production, the world may not be able to feed itself in just a few short years. Human populations will increase to the point of more demand for foods than the ability to produce. Rabbit meat is the most nutritious meat known to man. A person can eat all they want and not get fat.

A buck and three breeding does will produce as much meat in a year as a cow. It takes 2 acres of land to grow a cow, yet hundreds of rabbits can be housed in one large barn. Rabbits will produce 6 pounds of rabbit meat on the same amount of feed that it takes to produce 1 pound of beef. Rabbits also can produce 6 pounds of rabbit meat with the same amount of clean water needed to produce 1 pound of beef.

Mike and Dee Blaha

Rabbits, Etc., Best Buy Worms, Masaryktown

Florida is cheap by comparison

I just can't understand why people who come here from the Northern states think that the homes in Florida are overpriced. I come from Chicago, where a 75- to 85-year-old home with just two bedrooms and no garage can cost between $750,000 and $1 million. Add to that sky-high property taxes, and the fact that you might have to upgrade that old house, have to park your car on the street and hope that it will be there in the morning, the numerous taxes for the privilege of owning a car in the city, etc.

And yet, these people come to Florida and see the price of $200,000 to $250,000 for a three-bedroom home with a two-car garage, a screened-in pool and a decent-sized lot, and they go bananas thinking it's way too much money.

Oh, I forgot to mention the winters in Chicago. One word: brutal.

The only thing I can say to these people, whichever Northern state they come from, is take Cortez Boulevard east until you come to I-75. Then go north. To the guy from England who thinks the homes and taxes are too high in Florida, take I-75 south to the airport.

Richard Nicks, Spring Hill

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