Press Herald Interviews Anderson About Raising Rabbits for Meat

Gary Anderson, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension professor and and animal and bio-sciences specialist, spoke with the Portland Press Herald for an article about an increase in Maine residents raising rabbits for meat. Anderson said that during the World War II and Depression era, rabbits were frequently eaten in Maine and around the nation. Through the 1990s, rabbit breeders in Maine mostly catered to ethnic markets in Boston and Rhode Island, he said. Increasing interest in raising rabbits for meat prompted UMaine Extension to write a bulletin that includes instructions on how to dress a rabbit, as well as recipes, according to the article. Anderson says raising rabbits is affordable and relatively easy, and the meat is healthier than beef and chicken, the article states.