I try very hard to raise my animals in the most humane way possible. I care for my rabbits every day, and I enjoy watching them. However, just because I like having rabbits doesn’t mean I can afford bunny welfare. I eat my rabbits; otherwise I cannot spend money to feed them. But part of taking care of them in the most humane way includes dispatching them the quickest and least painful way possible.
I use cervical dislocation as my preferred method of rabbit dispatching. When done properly it is fast and painless. It is actually considered my most veterinary organizations as one of the most ethical methods for terminating the life of small rodents such as rats, mice, squirrels. As a matter of fact there was a time that cervical dislocation was considered the most ethical method of terminating American convicts.
However, it takes quite a bit of strength and some measure of technique to perform cervical dislocation with your hands only. In the west, they used stiff rope and a calculated drop to dislocate convicted murderers. That’s not really appropriate with rabbits, but there are some devices on the market to help with rabbits.
There is a company that builds a device that helps with internal decapitation of rabbit. The build a stainless steel rack that the rabbits head fits into; this allows the farmer to use both hands to put sufficient pressure on the rabbit’s legs instead on only one hand like manual methods use. I wanted to buy one, but it would not fit where I wanted it too because of its length, and I wanted a project I could do with my nephew while he was visiting (every 11 year old needs to spend a little time heating and banging on metal).
The video below shows the construction of my take on the rabbit wringer design. Once I get some rabbits to butchering size I will post a video of the device in action.
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