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Dispatching

 

Sooner or later, you're going to need to dispatch a rabbit. Whether it's because you're hungry or there was a complication during labor and a doe is in pain.  No one looks forward to having to do this, but it's part of life and the food chain in general.

As always, there are gadgets, gizmos, and opinions galore about how to humanely dispatch a rabbit.  We opt for a cervical disconnect, or separation of the head from the rest of the body.  Death is immediate, and little to no pain is felt.  Lay the rabbit on the ground, belly down.  Place a broomstick or other sturdy rod across the back of the neck, just above the shoulders.  The rabbit will likely be fighting you because they don't know what you're doing.  It's important for you to remain calm and steady, or your actions won't be firm and quick.  Rest your feet on the broomstick, just enough to keep the rabbit firm against the ground but not enough to choke it.  Grab the back legs, one in each hand.  Firmly pull the legs straight up.  You will feel a give as the vertabrae separate.  The rabbit is now dead.  Some muscle twitching is normal, just like a chicken with its head cut off.

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WARNING!! THIS VIDEO SHOWS THE KILLING OF A LIVE RABBIT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION!!

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