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The Maltese are addicted to rabbit meat

Malta is reporting an annual consumption of 3 kilograms of rabbit per person, the highest in Europe.

Posted on May 22 ,09:13

The Maltese are addicted to rabbit meat

The Maltese are eating more rabbit meat than any other European nation. The annual consumption of rabbit is at 3 kilos per person, according to a report issued by the European Commission’s Food and Veterinary Services, informs Malta Today.
Malta is followed by Spain and Portugal, both countries reporting an annual consumption of 1.5 kg, France and Italy, (0.5- 1.0 kg), Belgium and Germany (0.1-0.5 kg) while the rest of the European nations consume only 0.1 kg of rabbit meat per capita.
According to the official statistics, 550,000 rabbits were slaughtered in 2016 in Malta, a number that is bigger than the figure recorded in 17 other countries in EU.
500,000 of the rabbits slaughtered in Malta were coming from the backyard farms while 50,000 were sourced by commercial establishments with approved slaughterhouses. The report mentions a “continuous decline” in the consumption of rabbit meat in the EU which is linked to changes in consumer habits towards convenience foods and the increased perception of the rabbit as pets. But consumption may be picking up among some consumers due to health and sustainability concerns.

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