This pandemic has shaped not
just people’s behavior but also the food in our table. During this pandemic,
prices of meat have been soaring high.
The market prices of pork even reach at 400 pesos per kilo while chicken
at 250, fish at 400 while beef is priced at 450 per kilo. Hence looking for a cheaper but healthier
alternative is an option.
With the expensive meat source
some people have taken their interest on the rabbits as alternative rich
protein source. Although rabbits are typically kept as adorable pets in our
country. But rabbit meat offers a healthier option.
A position paper by the Department
of Agricultural and Applied Economics of the University of the Philippines Los
Baños said that now may be the "opportunity for the country to start
exploring alternative protein sources."
The Department of Agriculture
has long thought of rabbit meat as a potential replacement for pork. It
revisited the idea again in 2020 when it became apparent that the African swine
fever outbreak had yet to be contained. In a chance interview last year,
Agriculture Secretary William Dar told reporters that a rabbit's growth cycle
is very short, making it an ideal substitute added to the fact that rabbit has
the highest protein contents among the meat available.
There's huge potential for
rabbit meat, but farmers noted that the Philippines has a long way to go for it
to be widely available and acceptable. The rabbit industry is still looking for
ways to lower prices. There are only a few farmers and most are raising rabbits
just in their backyards. We still can't produce enough to meet the demand of
some restaurants. We're still in the stage of looking for more raisers.
A rabbit takes around two to three
months to reach marketable size, while pigs take over double the period.
Chickens are fully grown between 28 and 45 days. But while it takes less time
to raise rabbits as compared to pigs, meat quality is also another issue that
needs to be addressed.
It may take a change of
mindset for Filipinos to see rabbits as more than just pets, but perhaps in
this current crisis, it may be time to give rabbit meat a taste.
For those who may be cringing
at the thought of biting into a rabbit’s leg, realize that rabbit meat is
consumed as an everyday source of protein in many parts of the world, most
notably in Europe. You’ll find them sold everywhere, from local butchers to chain
supermarkets. In Spain, paella Valenciana is traditionally cooked with rabbit
meat. In France, rabbit is stewed in red wine. In Italy, it is cooked cacciatore style
with tomatoes and wine, or else braised with olives. And during hunting season
in the fall, it’s not hard to find wild hare on restaurant menus throughout
There are number of advantages
for using rabbit as an alternative meat source. One rabbit is the best healthy
meat as it has lower cholesterol than any other meat and higher protein
contents than beef or pork. It’s ideal for those looking for a leaner diet, but
who don’t want to go altogether meat-free. Rabbits are relatively easy to grow,
and they propagate faster. Besides, they eat a “clean” vegetarian diet and do not
require the growth hormones or antibiotics prevalent in the poultry industry.
IT’S LEGAL TO EAT RABBITS
And as per Philippine law,
rabbits are categorized as livestock and poultry just like pork, chicken, and
beef. There are also certain breeds of rabbits that can be used as meat like
Californian, New Zealand, Palomino, Chinchilla unlike the ones as pets which
are the fancy rabbits. Though they can be eaten, the difference is their meat
to bone ratio. But it outweighs the benefits
it will give to your body. So, what are
you waiting let grab a rabbit leg and get to use of our special bunny. Write us