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I'm working on the sequel to The Rabbit Ate My Homework. In book two, the kids find a backyard breeder who's raising the rabbits for meat. The kids, of course, are going to rescue the rabbits (kinda like 101 Dalmatians). But I'm wondering if the mention of butchering and eating rabbits is going to be an issue for MG?

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Rue, I can't imagine why. Kids have to know where meat comes from.
#2 - April 24, 2015, 09:48 AM
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Some rabbit breeders also sell them as live food for pet owners of exotic snakes, which is much "cleaner" than suggesting butchering, but still in need of rescue.
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Thanks, guys!

It occurred to me after I posted this that I actually make a couple jokes in book one about eating rabbits. Nobody complained about those. ;)

But I've been doing research on raising rabbits for meat and it really turns my stomach. So I don't want to upset readers! The book is supposed to be light-hearted and fun, but I also need to have some real stakes. And rabbits with a death sentence are definitely high stakes!

Eric, good point about the snakes. :(

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CHARLOTTE'S WEB is all about how Wilbur is trying to escape a death sentence.

An excellent, new MG is AUDREY, COW, the hilarious story about a cow who found out she was headed for the slaughterhouse and made a break for it with a little help from her friends. (Based on a true story, too.)

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"Where's Papa going with that ax?"

Yeah, good point!

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Rue, it's not too much. People do eat rabbits. They taste like chicken. Don't hate me ... I prefer wild hare.

Life and death stakes are good. You can up the ante by having these people not do it by the book. Too small cages. Unsanitary conditions. That justifies saving the rabbits. Watch out that the kids aren't sabotaging a perfectly legit and properly run small business because they got emotional about it.

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Thanks, Vijaya.

Don't worry. I don't subscribe to PETA's tactics. ;)

Rue
#8 - April 24, 2015, 03:03 PM
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I totally agree with Vijaya, life and death stakes are the best. Two others for kids that come to mind are the movie BABE, and LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE, which has very descriptive segments about butchering a pig. And JACOB HAVE I LOVED has a scene about drowning kittens to control their population on an island. (SPOILER ALERT - see below if you are worried about the kittens.)





(They end up not drowning the kittens. Scene kills me every time.)
#9 - April 24, 2015, 03:50 PM

101 Dalmations is another example.  I think it heightens the "stakes" in the story.
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Thanks, guys. All good examples!

I remember reading a book when I was a kid in which a breeder drowns a puppy. The MC saves the dog before it dies, of course. Actually, how many kids books does the dog die at the end?  :feelbad So, yeah, I guess breeding bunnies for meat isn't that traumatic of a subject.

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Rue
#11 - April 28, 2015, 07:26 PM
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