March 5, 2013
Tony Chatman holds a black rabbit in his yard in Oregon. He is a member of Southwestern Oregon Preppers, a group of about 100 people that prepares for events such as natural disasters or chemical attacks. Chatman keeps rabbits and chickens in his backyard for food in case of a disaster. He says rabbit can be used for rabbit noodle soup.
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BANDON — The unsuspecting rabbits in Tony Chatman’s backyard will be stew should a catastrophe occur. Holding a pregnant black bunny by the scruff of her neck, Chatman makes no qualms about the future of his creature’s litter. “I’ma skin ’em and put them in the freezer,” he said. His friend Avery Horton stands next to a chicken pen and chuckles about the rabbits. “They don’t get any names,” he said. “They’re not Thumpers.”