The Lepus Vastator
Agriculture, Disease, Animal Behaviour, Hunting, Politics
Discusses the claim that the potato blight has been caused by varieties of the 'Lepus vastator', creatures more commonly known as the hare and rabbit, which 'constitute a perfect scourge to agriculture'. Regards the rabbit's extraordinary 'fecundity' as a measure of the 'sterility which they occasion' and advises the 'extirpation of these noxious vermin', however 'pernicious' that might be to 'the landed interest'.
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