London Labour and the London Poor, volume 2
Of the Street-Sellers of Leverets, Wild Rabbits, Etc.
THERE are a few leverets, or young hares, sold in the streets, and they are vended for the most part in the suburbs, where the houses are somewhat detached, and where there are plenty of gardens. The softness and gentleness of the leveret's look pleases children, more especially girls, I am informed, and it is usually through their importunity that the young hares are bought, in order that they may be fed from the garden, and run tame about an out-house. The leverets thus sold, however, as regards out of , soon die. They are rarely supplied with their natural food, and all their natural habits are interrupted. They are in constant fear and danger, moreover, from both dogs and cats. shopkeeper who sold fancy rabbits in a street off the Westminster-road told me that he had once tried to tame and rear leverets in hutches, as he did rabbits, but to no purpose. He had no doubt it might be done, he said, but not in a shop or a small house. or leverets are hawked by the street-people in basket and are seen lying on hay, the basket having either a wideworked lid, or a net thrown over it. The hawkers of live poultry sell the most leverets, but they are vended also by the singing-bird sellers. The animals are nearly all bought, for this traffic, at Leadenhall, and are retailed at to each, - to -half being profit. Perhaps are sold this way yearly, producing
About young wild rabbits are sold in the street in a similar way, but at lower sums, from to each, being the most frequent rate.
|The yearly outlay is thus They thrive, in confinement, no better than the leverets.|