While I understand the search for a more sustainable meat, I think these animals need to be protected under the Humane Slaughter Act before they become a staple of the American diet.
As one of the most common house pets in America, I do find it incredibly sad that they are also one of the most commonly used in animal testing. I would hate to see them rise in popularity as a food source as well.
"But even if comparing the dull, impersonal company of a rabbit to that of the noble canine, or clever cat may seem ridiculous…"
Anyone who describes the companionship of a rabbit as dull and impersonal has never been a proper rabbit owner. And by proper I mean, someone who house trained their rabbit and lived with it indoors, much like a cat or dog. I currently live with both a cat and a rabbit, and the rabbit is far more social and interested in what people are up to. It responds to my voice, follows me around and is excited when I come home every day. It also loves being held and begs for noogies.
More needs to be done to protect animals from cruelty, whether we intend to keep them as pets or raise them as food.
I for one will no longer be shopping at Whole Foods.