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Volume 1 Issue 3

Mini Review
September 13, 2020

Rabbit Meat is a Potential Alternative Animal Protein Source in the Hunting Communities in Uganda, A Case Study of Soroti District

Gerald Zirintunda* Abstract:

The need to popularize rabbit meat in the hunting communities of Uganda was after examining the published population and health records in the country. People struggle to hunt and trap rodents which is a very laborious and sometimes a futile undertaking. The challenges of hunting are worsened by the chronic and debilitating diseases which are not uncommon in most areas of Uganda. There are many children and yet about 46.47% of the households live below the poverty line; this implies that families are not able to buy food especially animal protein sources. Though families keep livestock and poultry, it is assumed that they are for meeting other family needs and hardly used for home consumption. In Soroti district, about 35.4% of the children are stunted and 4.4% are wasted possibly because families lack sustainable protein sources, yet hunting is very energy taxing and unreliable. Hunting requires coordinated teamwork of humans and dogs, involving running and sometimes climbing trees; this requires time and a healthy body. Given the prevailing health status of the community, hunting of rodents is not a sustainable means of getting proteins needed especially by children and the patients. It is therefore imperative that communities take up rabbit farming because it is not only an enterprise but provides the best meat for even hypertensive people and children.