Ulster County farmer John Fazio has been getting plenty of attention from the Internet lately, thanks to a couple of media mentions: a Food Curated video of his rabbits, and an article in the New York Times on rabbits-as-dinner. The video, which features plenty of bright-eyed, bushy-tailed rabbits in what is clearly a commercial operation, has become a touchstone for debate over whether an indoor rabbit farm is humane.
The NYT story, which featured city dwellers taking a course on how to butcher rabbits in a Brooklyn parking lot, clearly touched a nerve of horror in many readers. Here's a follow-up reader Q&A from the NYT blogs with urban homesteader Novella Carpenter.
From the NYT, some photos that didn't make the cut for the Dining article. (Our favorite: Psycho Killer Bunny.)
Fazio, as regular Watershed Post readers will note, also raises ducks.
Our take on the tempest in a cassoulet pot: If you eat meat at all, you may as well eat rabbit. Kudos to Fazio for having the gumption to stand behind his farming practices.