When I was a teenager, I was babysitting for three kids who lived next to a couple of other kids who raised rabbit for the pot. The kids came in and asked if they could watch them butcher some rabbits. I said ok, so we went next door and watched the boy (about 13) hit the rabbits on the base of skull to kill them and then butcher them.
The rabbits died instantly. There was no death scream. The intestines jumped about quite a bit, and that was gross. The kids I was babysitting actually had pet rabbits, but none of them were squeamish about it. It is one of the kind of kool things about living in a pretty rural area.
If I had to make that decision today, I would have told the kids they could watch that sometime when their parents were there to give them the ok.
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