I found myself muttering aloud while listening to Act Two of this episode of This American Life, a story, that with my recent decision to start raising meat rabbits, hit really close to home. It was an essay by Camas Davis, the founder of the Portland Meat Collective, which she read aloud on the episode. The comments she mentioned she got on her blog were comments that I was worried I’d start getting here if I was public about my intentions to raise rabbits. I made the decision to be open and honest about the whole endeavor regardless. I decided I’d keep things transparent. But something about this essay gave me the creeps. It’s one thing to turn the other cheek to a comment from someone with an opposing view. It’s another thing to imagine that someone would feel so strongly about their convictions that they would steal my rabbits from right under my nose.
It was the sameÂ naivetÃ© I possessed when I showed up to my first rabbit class. “Thank you all for coming,” they had said, “after all that drama on the Facebook page today.” Apparently, the Seattle Tilth Facebook page was barraged with angry comments from rabbit activists, opposed to them sponsoring a class that would teach “brutal” urban farmers to raise them for meat, which for the record, was never the sole objective of the class.
I’m not going to start worrying about what happens in Camas’s story. There are a lot of things that could happen in life that I could worry about, but that’s just a waste of energy. I do hope though, as I continue along this path, that I may be able to make the choice that’s best for me in the safety and comfort of my yard. Because like Camas says in her essay of the rabbit-napping activists and those raising them for meat, “All of us tried to find meaning and make a stand within our very different acts. All of us thought we were doing the right thing.”
I highly recommend this essay, The Messy Middle, listened to or read. It is definitely worth your time.
*Photos by Gabe Ochoa