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  • Paperback
  • 320 pages
  • Stories Rabbits Tell: A Natural and Cultural History of a Misunderstood Creature
  • Susan E. Davis
  • English
  • 07 June 2019
  • 9781590560440

10 thoughts on “Stories Rabbits Tell: A Natural and Cultural History of a Misunderstood Creature

  1. says:

    An extremely interesting read for those that find rabbits or even animals general place in society fascinating I wish I could give it 4 stars but at different points throughout the book especially in the chapters dealing with rabbits portrayals throughout history it began to read like an uninspired college paper, full of boring lists of source material and quotes or repetitive points that don t end up amounting to much of a point at least not an insightful one The sections on the morphology, behavior, and uses of rabbits, however, were very well written and raised interesting points and observations A solid book overall but definitely one that rabbit lovers will find particularly engrossing.

  2. says:

    I didn t quite know what to expect from this book, being that I bought it several years ago and have since forgotten why I specifically wanted to read it, and after living for over a year with two not so well cleaned up after rabbits and two hopelessly messy humans i.e the smell from too infrequently cleaned litter boxes and the excess of fur from never vacuuming , I think I love the idea of rabbits than the actual creature I mean, of course I love them in the sense I would care for one if necessary and I don t want any harm to come to them, but as a symbol, they re most powerful to me as I would read about later in the book My kind have often been called presumably derogatorily, which I fail to see bunny huggers since I and others somewhat like me find it reprehensible that animals and it s mostly rabbits, as I would confirm later in the book are used for scientific testing, are hunted, abused, neglected, eaten, etc Personally, I like bunny hugger And cow hugger Hugs are good.This book was thorough Coming from such a personal and emotional place such as the writers did both care for house rabbits and are involved with rabbit rescue , that s a huge credit to them Obviously, editorializing wasn t completely absent, as it shouldn t be, but it was kept to an appropriate level There was a huge emphasis on the domestic rabbit, and how they are used in the pet, food, fur, and scientific testing industries, but also much about wild rabbits, specifically how in much of the world they are an invasive species thanks, humans , destroying natural ecosystems or just taking up land and food for other invasive domestic species humans profit from and the horrific ways the previously mentioned screw up humans try to eradicate them, such as purposely releasing deadly viruses into the environment I know how can anyone pass up on that fantastic idea Small comfort that such viruses have not demonstrated to evolve and jump species yet Oh, but hunters then get mad that there aren t enough defenseless creatures for THEM to kill if the virus kills all the rabbits Okay, I m definitely editorializing here, which I assure you, if it happened, the writers handled it far gracefully.There s also plenty of history of how rabbits appear in mythology, religion, ancient civilizations, and modern pop culture It was interesting to read about the cute, Easter bunny image most people have of the rabbit, but the actual creature itself doesn t get much attention, especially to its various plights zealously bloody culling, testing torture, fur and meat, unwanted pets euthanized or mistreated The facts about word etymology absolutely fascinated me the original Latin name for rabbit or their burrows, cuniculus, is the root word for all sorts of perjorative terms for a woman, or her various parts The female and rabbit association is quite prominent, in this society, and societies past.The only chapter I thought was somewhat weak was the chapter on rabbits used in the meat industry I think this was because, with the focus being about rabbits, the implications of slaughter for other species wasn t tackled as well And you can t focus on only one animal that s the same as the speciesism the writers were criticizing if you think it s wrong to eat dogs and cats, why is it okay to eat insert commonly eaten animal here , to put it simplistically But the writers handled it far better than a lot would have, and I think that s due to the fact that later on you learn that one of the writers is a vegetarian, having come to that lifestyle after being involved in rabbit rescue It s also interesting to learn that one of the forerunners of the rabbit rescue movement, and one of the first authorities on the care of house rabbits, Marinell Harriman, is also a vegetarian To me, this speaks volumes on their credibility As in, they have it Then book was also meticulously researched and referenced from a variety of sources, and has now led me to put 16 additional books on my already insane to read list.I feel sympathetic or is it empathetic to rabbits and the people who love them I thought my favourite species, the rat, had a bad lot in life, but they aren t fighting the PR image of cute and cuddly Easter bunny vs disposable pet pest experiment fodder It seems a lot complicated and a hard fight Bunnies, I salute you

  3. says:

    This book is a phenomenal resource for rabbit lovers I ve shared my home with house rabbits for over a decade now, so I was excited to learn new things about rabbits in the course of reading this book I loved the comprehensive information on the natural and cultural history of rabbits And it s not just for rabbit lovers as a biologist, I found it fascinating Anyone who is interested in the natural and cultural history of animals in general should read this book As a house rabbit owner, the second part of the book was difficult to read, but necessary in understanding what domestic rabbits go through in the commercial industries fur, product testing, meat production, and mass pet industry Davis and DeMello do an excellent job of illustrating the disconnect between the general public s perception of rabbits and the reality of rabbit based industries They do point out that most house rabbit enthusiasts find it difficult to think about the plight of the rabbits condemned to life in these industries which is so true We don t want to think about it, but it is reality and cannot be ignored We are the ones who need to lobby for humane treatment in ALL of these industries and ideally I d like to see them eliminated, but that probably won t ever happen These chapters are a good wake up call for those of us who want to see all rabbits treated humanely.I cannot put into words how amazing this book is Every rabbit owner should read it yes, even the difficult chapters , and I hope that non rabbit people will pick it up and read it too It is a fascinating insight into the history and lives of an animal that is usually only given a cursory glance by the general public This book made me feel even privileged to currently share my home with three of these amazing creatures.

  4. says:

    This is an amazing book Its so well written, organized and well researched This is THE BOOK on rabbits in the market It is so comprehensive and covers so many interesting subjects and topics on rabbits I ve been looking to learn about rabbits, and was very excited to get my hands on this book I was very happy to find out that the authors took a very fact based route with no predetermined assumptions about rabbits The authors do not seem to have a hidden agenda throughout the book, they don t engage in attacks against breeders or rabbit rescues They mostly present facts and follow with their own commentary and analysis.

  5. says:

    I really enjoyed this book, and what is even funnier is my Father of 65 years also really enjoyed this book.I was disappointed with the meat section, and as I have rabbit as pets I decided to skip that part because it made me uncomfortable This 4 stars Other than that it s a good read with interesting history and personal stories about rabbits.

  6. says:

    This book is everything I wanted to read about rabbits and Everyone who knows me, knows I m OBSESSED with rabbits Of course, I have four and they are house rabbits I ve read the House Rabbit book cover to cover and my house is also full of rabbit memorabilia So yeah, I m giving this book 5 stars This was such an in depth look at rabbits in our culture and I learned a lot of stuff that I didn t know about the history of rabbits in research, how little is actually known about them I know that Lockley s book in the 50 s was basically the only long run study on rabbits in the wild, but that was so long ago that I feel like its still outdated I had a particularly hard time reading the last few chapters on the meat rabbit industry and the fur rabbit trade But I agree with the book s approach that the abuse of rabbits won t change until how they re viewed in culture changes This book also cited some other books on animal behavior that I ve read or am going to read Overall, I think this book covered everything it needed to for it s aim I personally would have liked folklore, but let s get real that book would have been an anthology.

  7. says:

    Incredible book Rabbits are indeed misunderstood I found some passages hard to read as i am very emotional when it comes to the welfare of rabbits and of animals in general But its the heartbreaking truth and well written.

  8. says:

    i bought this book three years ago in an online auction for the minnesota companion rabbit society after getting it, and skimming through it, i realized that parts of it were going to be a tough read so there it sat, on my nightstand, in my to read pile, since 2012 recently, when i was moving the book out of the way of our house rabbit who enjoys nibbling on book corners, my wife said, ayo, when are you going to read that book so i guess the time was now and while it is very well researched, and interesting to hear a lot of the history behind rabbits in folklore and culture, the chapters about animal testing, breeding, and rabbit meat were all, as expected, horrifying to read.the book itself was published in 2005, i think, so a bulk of the recent research is from the dark ages of the internet in 2002 4 with how far the idea of animal rights and the understanding of house rabbits have come, it would be interested to read an updated version of this book i mean, read parts of an updated version of this book there s a bulk of it i don t think i would want to read again due to just how disconcerting and graphic the descriptions are.

  9. says:

    Great cultural history of the rabbit in all of the ways we know the animal as a wild animal, in pop culture, as a pet, and exploited for meat, fur, animal testing I flew through the first 2 3 of the book and loved going through all of the history of rabbits in pop culture It was hard to get through the last 3rd about the exploitation of rabbits, so sad, frustrating, and angering But definitely some really important information that only gets a short mention in other books I ve read on veganism, but the chapters here go much into depth about the meat, fur, and animal testing industries with rabbits I had a moment where I was reminded of when I was maybe 9 yrs old and a friend of mine tried to give me a rabbit pelt as a gift and I didn t want it, totally horrified that this piece of fur used to belong to a live animal Definitely a very interesting and worthwhile read that I d recommend even if you re not a rabbit owner or vegetarian vegan.

  10. says:

    As a bunny owner, the stories in this book were charming Of course, the chapters on raising bunnies for meat, pelts and research were equally disturbing I kinda skimmed over the chapters on icons of rabbits in media as I really just wanted rabbit behavior The conclusion that talks about bunny mills and how abusive the breeding and selling systems are made me want to go out and adopt every bunny I could It is very sad that our society doesn t recognize the value of these amazing creatures.

Revered As A Symbol Of Fertility, Sexuality, Purity And Childhood, Beloved As A Children S Pet And Widely Represented In The Myths, Art And Collectibles Of Almost Every Culture, The Rabbit Is One Of The Most Popular Animals Known To Humans Ironically, It Has Also Been One Of The Most Misunderstood And Abused Indeed, The Rabbit Is The Only Animal That Our Culture Adores As A Pet, Idolizes As A Storybook Hero And Slaughters For Commercial PurposesStories Rabbits Tell Takes A Comprehensive Look At The Rabbit As A Wild Animal, Ancient Symbol, Pop Culture Icon, Commercial Product And Domesticated Pet In So Doing, The Book Explores How One Species Can Be Simultaneously Adored As A Symbol Of Childhood Think Peter Rabbit , Revered As A Symbol Of Female Sexuality Eg Playboy Bunnies , Dismissed As A Dumb Bunny In Domesticity And Loathed As A Pest In The Wild The Authors Counter These Stereotypes With Engaging Analyses Of Real Rabbit Behavior, Drawn Both From The Authors Own Experience And From Academic Studies, And Place Those Behaviors In The Context Of Current Debates About Animal Consciousness In A Detailed Investigative Section, The Authors Also Describe Conditions In The Rabbit Meat, Fur, Pet And Vivisection Industries, And Raise Important Questions About The Ethics Of Treating Rabbits As We DoThe First Book Of Its Kind, Stories Rabbits Tell Provides Invaluable Information And Insight Into The Life And History Of An Animal Whom Many Love, But Whom Most Of Us Barely Know As Such, It Is A Key Addition To The Current Thinking On Animal Emotions, Intelligences And Welfare, And The Way That Human Perceptions Influence The Treatment Of Individual Species

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