In the Philippine setting, having Lechon on the table during celebrations is what completes the occasion. Yes, it may not be a “requirement” but there is surely some sense of fulfillment upon seeing a whole red pig in the middle of all the prepared meals.
But, have you ever thought about having Lechon on your table but it isn’t made from a pig? “Rabbitchon” or Lechon in the form of rabbits to be exact.
Several Facebook pages have already advertised their selling of rabbit meat. In fact, Facebook user Jhaye Rabiya uploaded photos of “rabbitchon” or the rabbits cooked just like Lechon.
In the said post, Rabiya thanks a customer who ordered 2 sets of spicy rabbitchon. He even had photos of the rabbit from when they were still alive to the moment they are already out of their skin, to the ingredients used in the rabbitchon, and to their bodies being cooked in charcoal.
The said post by Rabiya gained quite a lot of varied reactions from netizens. There are others who are not in favor of treating rabbits this way while there are also others who are open to this possibility.
Meanwhile, the Department of Agriculture also expressed that they are open to the idea of Rabbit meat being a replacement for pork.
According to Manila Times, DA secretary William Dar said in a statement that because the growth cycle of rabbits is very short. Raisers can expand more when they have to take care of animals with a shorter growth cycle.
The Agriculture chief also noted the nutritional benefits of consuming rabbit meat, compared to others such as pork and beef.
Well, how about you? Are you also curious about what rabbit meat tastes like? Or are you part of the population who strongly disagrees with these cute-looking animals being eyed as a replacement for pork?