Man’s worst friend
What do we know about rabbits and what can they teach us about humankind? How did they associate us with them, as friend or foe? How does their history meet with our own conflicts? What have they led us to do and vice versa? To try to answer these questions, it is necessary to connect various times and places, by retracing multiple and interrupted trajectories, places and times, brought together incongruously. In Man’s worst friend (1), Catherine Mougenot and Lucienne Strivay, show us the rabbit in all its aspects. While it is appreciated for its meat, fur and gentle nature, it has also turned out to be an invader that is difficult to drive out and even – it must be said – eradicate. Let’s take a brief look at the living conditions of this small animal which has the habit of nosing in where you least expect it.
(1) Mougenot C., Strivay L., Le pire ami de l’homme. Du lapin de garenne aux guerres biologiques., La Découverte, coll. Les empêcheurs de tourner en rond, 2011.