Are Rabbits Kosher? Your Questions Answered.

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Last Updated on July 21, 2021 by Rei

Rabbits are not kosher because they don’t chew their cud and they don’t have split hooves which are required by the Torah in order to be considered kosher.

An example of kosher animals are cows, sheep, goats, deers, chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, pigeons, salmons, tuna, pike, flounder, carp, and herring.

An example of non-kosher animals are pigs, rabbits, squirrels, dears, dogs, cats, camels, horses, catfish, sturgeon, swordfish, lobster, shellfish, crabs, water mammals, reptiles, amphibians, worms, and insects

Now that I’ve given you the gist of the article, read on as I explain in more detail why rabbits are not kosher:

How do you define kosher?

A photo of a cow which is considered kosher

For an animal to be considered kosher, it must chew its cud and have split hooves. For example, a cow, sheep, and goats are kosher because it chews its cud and has split hooves. While pigs have split hooves but doesn’t chew it’s cud so it’s not kosher.

A cud is a portion of food that returns from an animal’s stomach back to its mouth to be chewed for a second time.

In addition, all warm-blooded kosher animals must undergo kosher slaughter(shechitah) and salting before being eaten. Thus, even if the animal is kosher but the kitchen(the way it’s slaughtered, equipment, and utensils) is not, it wouldn’t be considered kosher to eat.

As for fish and seafood, in order to be considered kosher, it must have fins and scales.

Here’s a list of kosher animals:

  • Cows
  • Sheeps
  • Goats
  • Deers
  • Chickens
  • Ducks
  • Geese
  • Turkeys
  • Pigeons
  • Salmons
  • Tuna
  • Pike
  • Flounder
  • Carp
  • Herring

Here’s a list of non-kosher animals:

  • Pigs
  • Rabbits
  • Squirrels
  • Dears
  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Camels
  • Horses
  • Catfish
  • Sturgeon
  • Swordfish
  • Lobster
  • Shellfish
  • Crabs
  • Water mammals
  • Reptiles
  • Amphibians
  • Worms
  • Insects

Why rabbits are not kosher?

A picture of rabbits feet which shows that it doesnt have split hooves thus its not kosher
“Pygmy rabbit feet” by USFWS Pacific is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

In order to be considered kosher, an animal must chew its cud and have split hooves. While rabbits have ‘toes’ that are not considered split hooves as required by the Torah.

Finally, rabbits are not kosher because they are not ruminants(large hoofed herbivores that chew their cud). Rabbits graze and process grass the same way we digest our food.

Conclusion

Rabbits are not considered kosher because they don’t chew their cud and their hooves are not split. Both of which are required by the Torah to be considered kosher.

Rabbits graze and digest grass and other food the same way we digest our food. And while rabbits have ‘toes’, it’s not split like cows, sheep, or goats.

Cite this article:

Bunny Horde (November 30, 2021) Are Rabbits Kosher? Your Questions Answered.. Retrieved from https://bunnyhorde.com/are-rabbits-kosher/.
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