7th-graders face decision: Kill a rabbit or go without meat

PERRYVILLE, Ark. – Seventh-graders participating in a Heifer International program that recreates living conditions in third-world countries voted to have rabbit for dinner, and some were horrified when the animal was butchered before their eyes.

After students from Kirksey Middle School in Rogers elected to have meat for dinner, a worker in Heifer’s Global Village program broke the animal’s neck, cut off its head and prepared the meat for dinner.

“If I had known my daughter was going to watch them slaughter a rabbit, she wouldn’t have went,” said Mike Story, whose daughter began crying when asked how the trip had gone. “To her, a rabbit is a pet, so it was like watching a pet die.”

Heifer officials said the challenge _ slaughter a rabbit or go meatless _ has been presented many times before to Rogers students without objections. Two parents complained after their daughters returned home from the two-day trip Tuesday.

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