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Stories Rabbits Tell: A Natural and Cultural History of a Misunderstood Creature Paperback – 1 Jul 2004

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Product details

  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Lantern Books, USA (1 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590560442
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590560440
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,063,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Synopsis

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 purposes. STORIES 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 (e.g., 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 behaviour, drawn both from the authors' own experience and from academic studies and place those behaviours 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 do.

About the Author

Award-winning journalist and editor Susan E. Davis has written for a wide range of publications, including Sports Illustrated, Mademoiselle, The Nation and The Washington Post. She is the author of The Sporting Life and Baby Play. She is a national educator with the House Rabbit Society and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, two children, two rabbits and miscellaneous other small creatures.


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5.0 out of 5 starsEverything that you want to know and more than you think is possible about bunnies!
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5.0 out of 5 starsGood history of Rabbits and Man.
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5.0 out of 5 starsProbably the best book Ive read in a long time
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5.0 out of 5 starsAn interesting cultural perspective on the ever- pervasive rabbit
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