Punch,  12 (1847), 258.

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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