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    Now....no-one get there knickers into a bunch

    I was flicking through the paper and saw rabbits for sale, and it reminded me of how hard (and expensive, but am not THAT bothered by price, I am just a natural bargain hunter, always looking for the best deals.....so I can spend more ) it is to get game type meats, especially rabbits, as thats apparently one of the more nutritious meats for them.

    But what would be the legalities of raising rabbits for food? I mean people raise/breed mice for their snakes, so would it be classed as the same thing, or because its a rabbit would there be extra laws involved.

    Not that I like laws that much! I was speaking to my father (who happens to be one of those annoying know-it-all trivia people PMSL, which was really annoying when I was younger, his tirade speeches often went on for upto 2-3 hours at me anyhoo, I said, well how easy would it be to move to an area where roos are counted as a nuisance and just shoot them for the dogs food? Upon which point he told me, that even in those parts, you have to have a permit to kill roos, and that permit states that you are a primary producer (like raising sheep or cows for meat etc) and that the kangaroos were a danger to your producing.

    So if I was raising something that gets wasted by the human market, I am allowed to shoot roos and leave their decomposing bodies there, but if I actually want to kill them to provide nearly 100% of the meat to living beings, its illegal? Thats just too much for me ROFL.

    And whilst I''m babbling away as I do (with no introduction btw, must get around to that LOL)

    If you had a live rabbit, do you have to skin it *shudder shudder* for the dogs or can you just pop a bunny back there and let them kill it??? And how do dogs not get sick with green tripe? lol. I spoke to a vet today about where I could get it from and she was clueless and said "um.....I wouldn't reccomend it" isn't it supposed to be THE most nutritious meat for dogs?

    Anyhoo just feel free to me LOL, I'm on a mums forum too, but they are used to me babbling

    xxxx

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    Hi B2B,

    If I had a rabbit, i will probably kill it humanely possible and utilise every safe body parts for dogs. Like yourself I am not all familiar with this topic in many different angles. So I am very interested.

    Hachna
    I love cooking but I love eating even more.

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    Well we can find out together then

    I used to breed rabbits, but for pets, I am not sure of the laws apart from that.

    I hardly ever know anything, but I have a thirst for knowledge, so am often off onto different quests/educating myself on numerous subjects. I spose with 3 skin-kids I need something to stop my mind turning to mush hehehe

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    My pesky hound won't kill rodents.

    She likes to chase them but won't kill them.

    I think if I gave her a dead rabbit, she'd roll on it but she wouldn't eat it.

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    BWAHAHA!

    Reminds me of Bonnie, the Blue Cattle Dog I had when I was younger. We used to have a HUGE backyard, and the things she found......well were less than appealing, including a dead bird she kept rolling on and a rat down behind the sheds that had about 3 inch long teeth that curled under its body. She wouldn't drop it, and ran around with it in her mouth.....with maggots falling out of it

    So here I am chasing her round the yard yelling at her to drop it, magoots falling out everywhere, and everytime I get close enough i think (nope, no chance I am going to touch that) lol. pure gross.

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    Since they're your "pets" and don't wild natives (kangaroos), you won't need a permit. If you live in Queensland, you can't do it. It's illegal to own rabbits here. You would have to kill them humanely, and have a nice big place to store them after they're dead (rabbits breed a LOT).

    Just make sure you don't advertise that you breed rabbits for dog food. Most people tend to get a little iffy about things like that and you don't want the RSPCA having a look (they frown up things like this).

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    Thanks

    If I consider doing it, I would probably go the most humane way possible (for all my talk I am completely squeamish & soft-hearted) the rabbits would be seperated unless needing to be breed and I would look at killing them after they have lived a bit of a caring family life. Its a pity I don't live near my Dads work, there has to be 3-400 rabbits or more out the back of there LOL.

    I don't know....in the end whether I would even have the guts to do it, but thought I will check on the laws first before I looked any further into it, but I just can't seem to find any "laws" about it.

    And if someone wants to feed their snake....I have quite a few mice here for them LOL, saves me a trip to the pest control

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    Uhhh, if you just 'popped' bunny out back alive for the dogs to kill you would have the RSPCA knocking on your door. I have had a pet rabbit eaten by a neighbors dog and that image will haunt me forever.
    If you want to breed bunnies and sell them for meat then you would need an ABN number and thre meat would have to be properly and hygenically prepared and packaged.

    There was a segment on the tv show RSPCA Rescue where a man was breeding rabbits for himself to eat. The only thing he got in trouble for was that they were being kept in appalling conditions... so if it is done humanely... (and you would need to find out what the actual definition of 'humanely' is for a rabbit), then I can see no problem if it's just for your own dogs.

    Morally though, please do not use domesticated breeds of rabbit.



    edited for terrible spelling - gimme a break it's early

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    The ONLY humane way to euthanase any animal is by gassing them and if you are wanting to use the meat for consumption either for animals or human then using CO2 is the best way to go...
    Rabbits are euthanased for snakes to eat also and sold in QLD as well but as silvershaddowwolf said we are not allowed to keep them here as pets

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    Having not really been into rabbits I wouldn't really know, but what's the difference between domesticated breeds of rabbits and... wild types?

    People just starting their own mice and rat colonies for their reptiles are advised to seek out an actual breeder's animals or to find healthy pet store animals as a last resort. It's easy enough to remove unwanted traits in your colony by culling (such as biting, disease, etc) as needed.

    Quote Originally Posted by ShadowStaff
    Rabbits are euthanased for snakes to eat also and sold in QLD as well but as silvershaddowwolf said we are not allowed to keep them here as pets
    Can't keep ferrets either

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