I grew up in france, and in maybe the 3rd or 4th grade we'd always do hikes every week in the forest and parks.
One time we got to see chickens hatch, and another time we got to see hunting ferrets!
I guess it's very common in france, but there are a lot of people who hunt with ferrets, the ferrets are trained not to eat the bunny and usually not even kill the bunny. The ferret goes in the hole and makes the bunny come out so the hunter can shoot it and then eat it!]
and i agree that hunting ferrets are the same as hunting dogs.