Bill allows meat shops to process domesticated rabbits

March 1, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Legislature wants to allow the state’s meat-processing facilities to deal with domesticated rabbits.

The Senate unanimously approved the House bill on Friday. It now goes to Gov. Doug Burgum’s desk.

The bill was introduced by Hillsboro Republican Rep. Aaron McWilliams, who has raised rabbits in the past.

Fessenden GOP Sen. Jerry Klein says there are about 80 commercial “meat shops” in North Dakota.

He says domesticated rabbits can weigh up to 20 pounds.