Wordless Wednesday: what can you do with that many dead rabbits?

The Big T's great uncle, John Lietze. Rabbits are still a huge problem on New Zealand farms. Photo: Dove/Gray family archive.

The Big T’s great uncle, John Lietze. Rabbits are still a huge problem on New Zealand farms. Photo: Dove/Gray family archive.

Wordless Wednesday is a blogging prompt from Geneabloggers.



18 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday: what can you do with that many dead rabbits?

      • In my NZ cookbook, I have an 1887 NZ recipe for Stewed Rabbits. Interestingly, the book which was published in 1987, (so one hundred years after that old recipe) says ” the rabbit control boards have done their work rather too well: rabbits are no longer plentiful and local meat has been banned from sale since 1954.”

    • Yes; so many things introduced that have turned around and bitten the “new masters” on the bum. Rabbits, gorse, deer to name a few here.

  1. I feel a little guilty clicking to indicate that I “like” this post. I know it’s ridiculous, but I have rabbit proof fences so that the rabbits can live outside my fence and I can garden inside. But I have seen pictures like this before and I totally understand that in the past, people had totally justifiable reasons for catching and eating rabbits. My Grandma used to consider a rabbit as a rare treat, living as she and her many brothers and sisters did on very little food. I know that they often only had bread and milk to eat and serving bread and butter with whatever they ate was a tactic to help fill their tummies. We are all so privileged now aren’t we? We can afford to have principles which hungry people do not. Although why I am so unhappy about eating rabbits I can not think, as I eat other meat. Oh, we are so complicated, aren’t we?!
    I can never believe how may incredible photographs you come up with. Fantastic!

    • Thanks Karen. I’ve decided that conflict and indecision are a sign of an active mind, which helps justify my equally confused feeling about what I eat.

      I don’t really eat meat, but am happy to eat fish (though I try to avoid fish that’s farmed). I used to eat rabbit, including a couple of times animals that turned up on our doorstep after my father’s friends had been hunting. I’ve even skinned and fileted them. I couldn’t do that now! I guess we can be choosy and squeamish about food because there is so much of it available, and for many of us, it is so far from it’s original state we don’t have to think about the animal it once was. I’ve watched the River Cottage programmes and tend to agree with Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall that we should be prepared to confront the reality about what we eat – and that would make us kinder, more compassionate farmers and consumers.

    • I find these old photos fascinating in the way they portray the values of the time. Rabbits were introduced to NZ by European settlers and breed really prolifically and wreck the habitats of native species. So I guess it’s about what kinds of animal we value. Another example of the impact of colonization!

      • That is interesting. There are certainly some parallels in North America of animals, plants, and diseases brought in by the settlers. And then there are things like corn and tobacco that were native here and new to the Europeans.

        • Yes; when we start manipulating ecosystems, there are so many unintended consequences. ๐Ÿ™‚

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