Billebaude n ° 8


MIX 3 MAY 2016

Depending on whether one turns to the breeder, the hunter, the farmer, the landscaper, the ecologist or the artist, the rabbit is never the same. For one it is harmful, for the other game, “engineer species”, product or even blanket. This issue does not choose an a priori definition of the rabbit. He explores concrete situations, where humans and rabbits are caught together in relationships of domestication, ecosystem management, animal husbandry, crop destruction, hunts, fictional stories and myths. These multiple stories have one thing in common. Despite its apparent insignificance, the rabbit is a powerful revealer of the limits of our ability to control living things.


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Following the trail of the rabbit in history allows us to see its transformative power over the world. He escapes from warrens, fences around parks and along the tracks

a railway. He never follows the rules imposed on him. As the anthropologist Lucienne Strivay and the sociologist Catherine Mougenot interviewed in this issue (p. 6) show very well, the small animal, which followed Western man in his conquests, provoked ecological catastrophes which led to responses. disproportionate. Until biological warfare in France and Australia, told on page 38.

The rabbit forces us to question an idea of ​​nature, external and indifferent to our human history. This issue traces a common history of humans and the rabbit and outlines an abundant co-evolution. Like a burrow, it offers multiple branches, which lead to places where humans and rabbits coexist as best they can. In intensive farms, where economic and technical rationality reigns (p. 22), on the SNCF rights-of-way in the Paris region where rabbits proliferate when they are not expected (p. 28), in the Camargue or in Spain where its role as an “engineer species” appears while the populations are declining (p. 76).
By thwarting management plans, by overflowing the spaces allotted to it, the rabbit reveals our blind spots and our paradoxes. He is a joker who confronts us with the limits of our knowledge and our ways of managing nature and invites us to constantly seek solutions to coexist with him.

Anne de Malleray


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