- Associated Press - Friday, August 28, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A new law allows small-scale rabbit growers in West Virginia to sell the animals’ meat at farmers’ markets and through consignment shops after registering with the state Department of Agriculture.

The code change exempts a limited number of rabbits from inspection and slaughter at premises where they are raised.

The rule covers those who raise and slaughter up to 1,000 rabbits in a calendar year. The premises must be registered with the Agriculture Department. Producers still must follow certain state guidelines.

Previously, rabbit meat could only be sold if it was processed in a licensed facility.

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