The following is a paper that MJ wrote for her college English class, although there are many more reasons to raise rabbits over other animals MJ was asked to only make three points to support her thesis statement.
Many people enjoy the benefits of animals as pets. Most of
them have not experienced the rewards that come from raising livestock. In todays
economic down turn many families are striving to become more self-sufficient.
Most such families are doing so by growing some of their own food. Although
this is a great start to self-reliance, most people do not realize how
practical raising rabbits can be. Raising
rabbits is a great way to become self-sufficient because they can aid in the
production of fruits and vegetables, meat, and clothing.
Since rabbits can aid in the production of fruits and vegetablesraising bunnies is practical. Rabbits’ output of manure is highly suitable
for any vegetable garden. Additionally, it is also organic and keeps fruits and
veggies healthy for human consumption. The manure that rabbits produce also
contains high amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. These elements
are essential to a healthy garden as they allow plants to reach full growth
potential, transform energy, withstand stress, and fight diseases. Amazingly, a
female rabbit, or doe, and her offspring can produce over a ton of fertilizer
in a single year. With this rate of fertilizer production it would only take
five does and their offspring from one year, to properly prepare soil for
enough fruits and vegetables for the average family. If the number of does was
increased slightly, rabbits could not only provide enough fertilizer for the
average family, but also all the rabbits being raised. Rabbit manure is of the
easiest to apply to a garden because of its choppy form. Because of this form,
rabbit droppings dry very quickly and are practically odorless. “Bunny berries”
do not require composting before they are added to the soil as many other forms
of fertilizers do. This makes rabbit manure one of the simplest of all
fertilizers to apply to any type of crop.
Not only canrabbits put fruits and vegetables on the table but they can also be bred to producemeat. People have raised rabbits
for meat at least since 1500 BC. A female rabbit that weighs around 10 pounds
can produce 320 pounds of meat in a year. This is more meat than would come
from a whole cow that would take several years to raise. This doe, a male
called a “buck,” and their 320 pounds of offspring from each year could easily
be raised in just 12 square feet of space since each full grown rabbit only
requires 4 square feet of space and cages can be stackable. A cow would require
at least two acres (87,120 square feet) of quality grazing land. Meat from
rabbits is significantly lower in cholesterol than chicken, turkey, pork, lamb,
and beef. The percentage of fat in rabbit meat is also notably less than other
forms of meat, and it has the highest percentage of protein.
Additionally, raising rabbits is a great way to become self-sufficient
because they can aid in the production of clothing. Certain breeds of
rabbits produce usable wool. Some of these breeds would be the English, French,
German, satin, or giant angora and the Jersey wooly. Rabbits as a source of
wool are the most space efficient source of spin-able fiber. Angoras can
produce anywhere from half a pound to two pounds of fiber each year. This
depends on the breed of angora and gender. The wool from angora rabbits is
seven times as warm as sheep’s wool. The wool from angora rabbits is extremely
soft and luxurious, and can be spun into yarn on a spinning wheel. Later these
handspun fibers can be knit or crocheted into comfortable clothing. Additionally,
the hides of rabbit which are not angora can be used to produce different types
Raising rabbits is an excellent way to become
self-sufficient because it provides for all the basic needs of a family which
are the production of fruits and vegetables, meat, and clothing.
They can be especially useful to modern homesteaders. Raising animals like
rabbits can help reduce some expenses in the present economy. Rabbits can be
more than just a pet; they can, and may someday be, our means of survival.