First, rabbits are not as widely mass produced specifically for meat production as are cows, pigs, etc. So if they are on a restaurant menu or in stores, they are a bit pricey. Secondly, people associate rabbit with cute bunnies such as Peter Cottontail, the Easter Bunny, and Bugs Bunny – all well loved icons. Because this is engrained in their brains as children, they subconciously choose to not eat it as they grow older.
If I were to guess, I’d say cultural reasons. Rabbits have been accepted as pets in the United States, and chickens/cows/pigs haven’t achieved that pet-store status. Depending on the religious leanings of some people, rabbits may not be eaten–the book of Leviticus in the Bible declares them to be unclean animals, unfit for human consumption.
Interesting question Branden. Rabbit is actually quite popular amongst homesteaders and small farmers as an efficient and effective way of providing meat for the table, as well as leather and pelts for other uses. However, homesteaders and those living in rural areas don’t exactly have a lot of sway over popular opinion.
It is purely cultural. There are pockets of the American population that do eat rabbit, but most Americans simply feel uncomfortable with the idea. Somewhere along the line, they became pets and family members, making some people unable to fathom eating them.
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