Monday, October 6, 2008
This photograph was taken in 1911, and shows a woman with a pet rabbit. I find the rabbit very interesting, as it is an animal on the cusp. Let me explain what I mean by that. Ages ago, society for some reason decided not to eat dogs or cats. The idea of eating a dog or cat would be repulsive and disgusting to most people. A family could be starving, and yet would not eat the family dog. However the barnyard holds two other animals, the chicken and the cow, and no one thinks twice of eating chickens or cows. So at some point, everyone agreed to eat chickens and cows, and not eat dogs and cats. Well, the rabbit is an animal that could go either way. There are a lot of people who eat rabbits, and then there are other people, like the lady above, who make pets out of rabbits. I have never eaten a rabbit, and at the same time, have never made a pet out of one.