Caretaker by night and rabbit breeder by day: this is the bet that Danielle Bourrel made in Lima. Nostalgia for the cells of her childhood, this is not her first attempt. When Aude left her bed in January 2020, she saved everything she could from her breeding. Now she sees more.
The water rose quickly. Daniel Bourrel lives on the banks of the Aude in Lima. The river flows 50 meters from the old mill, which became a winery and then turned into residential buildings. On this January day in 2020, Daniel sees no other choice but to wrap his foot around a garden hose attached to a faucet in the wall of the house at shoulder level. To avoid the drift carried away by the Od leaving its course. Swimming, one by one, from a low wall, along which rabbits with chicks ran away, she brings what remains of her small breeding. All these beautiful people will meet in the bathroom of the house, “Two days without electricity, but with four logs to keep us warm”. For this orderly, who has worked for 25 years in a hospital in Limou, rabbits, “even if they are fragile” deserve to find their place in our diet.
Bunny in the gym
“When I was a child, there were houses. My aunt and I were “with rabbits”, we fed them, looked for them, cleaned them and cooked them. All the old houses had rabbits, chickens, pigeons, even crayfish, we all bred. This tradition continues with many farmers, but the rabbit has disappeared…”. sorry Daniel. On the other hand, the rabbit might have returned with the group. Danielle conducted market research: “Direct sales will work, biocooperatives of the region are interested in this. The one in Carcassonne should have opened a meat department, the Plein champs stores in Limou and Cuise would be fine.”. His son was forced to work, and while thinking about all the sauces, he brought amazing information from his gym. “He hears a lot about rabbit in gyms, rabbit legs and saddles are richer in protein than chicken and they’re less fat, there’s a real niche in gyms.” remarks Daniel with a wide smile.
3000 euros for his project
So, based on her feedback, she submitted her organic farm rabbit project, aimed at Confédération paysanne, of which she is a member, and Adear 11 (which supports installation projects) on the online sharing budget platform Mimosa. “I raised 3,000 euros, in return people can sponsor one or two rabbits, who will thus live to their beautiful death in my park. Daniel Bourrel October 2021 A significant investment is required for such a project: “We already need a piece of land, one hectare for 200 rabbits a year, i.e. 30 pregnant mothers, we need to bury a 60 cm fence so that they do not dig tunnels, so that they can eat the neighbor’s barley, which happened to me here … we need to provide a tunnel for storing food, a disinfection gateway, because it is forbidden to take street shoes to the ground where animals feed – my nurse helps me learn the rules of hygiene! and refrigerator”. Two points that delay his project.
In a department that has lost all of its slaughterhouses, and where the only one that regains its health thanks to public assistance, in Quillan, does not take care of small animals, there is the Abbat’mobile project, a mobile slaughterhouse that goes from farm to farm to help out all those who do not have the means to equip themselves.
Do you feel sorry for your pretty animals? “We have to realize that actually man is a hunter and animal husbandry is a very, very old practice. When I was little, when I was in charge of rabbits, I released some of them. Now we hold on to the animal with a matador (lethal gun), I talk to it until it completely relaxes and then … at the slaughterhouse we say stun, they don’t fall with me. I had skins that I tanned, but with the flood I lost everything. »
rabbit weeding grapes
5 years ago she came up with the idea of a bottomless cage “for us to move along the whole row to weed the vines”. Rabbit “weeds the ground, he smokes it and feeds himself”. BUT “super project” she was with her companion at the time, the vinedresser. The cage still exists and will be tested on the organic estate in Ventenac by the Courbière family.