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Becoming Rabbit: Living with and Knowing Rabbits
  • Margo DeMello, Central New Mexico Community College
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Rabbits, like all animals (human and non-human), have rich internal lives, as people who live intimately with rabbits can attest.1 Living with house rabbits—where rabbits live indoors, without a cage or with minimal caging, as part of the human family—is, to me, the best way to gain some understanding of the rabbit psyche. In addition, living closely with rabbits opens up the possibilities of the humanrabbit relationship—a relationship which, until very recently, was one-sided and based on exploitation. Today, however, with the rise of the house rabbit movement, the subjectivity of rabbits has been exposed, leading to the possibility of a human-animal relationship that is rich with possibilities—both for human and for rabbit.

Originally published in Spring Journal, Volume 83: Minding the Animal Psyche, 2010 by Spring Journal.

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DeMello, M. (2010). Becoming rabbit: Living with and knowing rabbits. Spring: a journal of archetype and culture, 83, 237-252.