There are strict religious laws forbidding Jews to eat pork. Nevertheless, the odd porker is raised for food in Israel, and an alternative to pork is needed to disguise its presence on menus. Among the euphemisms used is king rabbit, chosen presumably because the rabbit's cooked flesh is similar in colour to that of the pig (see also white meat). Another euphemistic gastronomic application of the term rabbit was to cats and kittens during the siege of Paris in 1870–71.
Subjects: Cookery, Food, and Drink.