The Day – Does Connecticut have a pent-up demand for rabbit meat?

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Apparently there’s a big demand for rabbit meat within the state of Connecticut.

Who knew? As an 18-year veteran of the Connecticut Common Meeting, and former Home chair of the Committee on Kids, I actually did not. However this cleverly hidden pent-up demand couldn’t be contained and burst out in a invoice, HB 5295 — An Act Regarding Agricultural Improvement and Innovation, which is at the moment in entrance of the Atmosphere Committee.

Wait a second! Wasn’t that very same invoice language offered to the Commerce Committee a few week in the past? The one permitting manufacturing unit farming and slaughter of rabbits, Home Invoice 5263 — An Act Regarding The Processing of Rabbits for Consumption? And now it reveals up once more disguised in an agricultural innovation invoice in entrance of one other committee? This after greater than 100 individuals offered written testimony in opposition earlier than the Commerce Committee? Does not sound like good authorities to me.

Why would the state of Connecticut transfer within the route of permitting farms to boost and slaughter as much as 1,000 rabbits? Are children clamoring for rabbit meat sandwiches within the farm-to-school program? Do we’ve got any information by any means indicating that rabbits are scorching commodities at space supermarkets?

In the meantime there’s a important nationwide motion encouraging a transition to extra plant-based diets and away from confining and slaughtering animals in manufacturing unit farms. There are three causes for this: 1. A transfer to plant-based diets may be very local weather pleasant. 2. Confined animals operations are petri dishes for infectious illnesses (assume Covid). 3. You cut back myriad human well being dangers if you happen to eat extra plant-based merchandise, which in flip reduces total well being care prices.

So I ask once more, what does the state Division of Agriculture take into account modern about elevating and killing big numbers of rabbits? Manufacturing unit farming bunny rabbits simply in time for Easter?

I didn’t see one speck of information supporting this within the invoice language or in any testimony at both public listening to. Certainly, advocates of the laws are providing this cart-before-the-horse argument that we cannot get information till the invoice passes. Actually? So we’re simply going to blindly go laws and hope that information miraculously seems to assist it?

That is all very disappointing.  I labored onerous in my years within the Common Meeting to insist on data- pushed decision-making in order that we would not muddle via passing inane legal guidelines that not solely create extra paperwork however drag Connecticut backwards.

With apologies to the bard: One thing is rotten within the Connecticut Division of Agriculture.

Diana City, a former state legislator representing Stonington and North Stonington now serves as founder and president of Defending Youngsters and Pets Partnership, a nonprofit group.

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