Rabbits are a serious mammalianpestin Australia and an invasive species. Annually, European rabbits cause millions of dollars of damage to crops. Since their introduction from Europe in 1859, the effect of rabbits on the ecology of Australia has been devastating. Rabbits are suspected of being the most significant known factor in species loss in Australia. The loss of plant species is unknown at this time. Rabbits often kill young trees in orchards, forests and on properties by ringbarking them.
The British Rabbit Council (BRC) is a British showing organization for rabbit breeders. Originally founded as The Beveren Club in 1918, its name first changed to British Fur Rabbit Society and finally to The British Rabbit Society. Today, the BRC among other things investigates rabbit diseases, maintains a catalog of rabbit breeds, and sets rules for about 1,000 rabbit shows annually in the UK. Owners of house rabbits are also encouraged to join the organization to learn how to care optimally for their pets.
The black-tailed jackrabbit (Lepus californicus), also known as the American desert hare, is a common hare of the western United States and Mexico, where it is found at elevations from sea level to up to 10,000 feet (3,000 m). Reaching a length of about 2 feet (61 cm) and a weight from 3 to 6 pounds (1.4 to 2.7 kg), the black-tailed jackrabbit is the third largest North American hare, after the antelope jackrabbit and the white-tailed jackrabbit. Like other jackrabbits, the blacktail has distinctive long ears and the long, powerful rear legs characteristic of hares. Young are born fully furred with eyes open; they are well camouflaged and are mobile within minutes of birth.
Rabbits and hares in art have variable mythological and artistic meanings in different cultures. The hare is often associated with moon deities and signifies rebirth and resurrection. It is a symbol of fertility and sensuality, and appears in depictions of hunting and spring scenes in the Labours of the Months. Joseph Beuys, who always found a place for a rabbit in his works, saw it as symbolizing resurrection. The Welsh sculptor Barry Flanagan was best known for his energetic bronzes of hares which he produced throughout his career.
Br'er Rabbit ("Brother Rabbit") is a central figure in the Uncle Remus stories of the Southern United States written down by Joel Chandler Harris. Br'er Rabbit is a trickster who succeeds by his wits rather than by brawn. The Br'er Rabbit stories can be traced back to trickster figures in Africa, particularly the hare that figures prominently in the storytelling traditions in West, Central, and Southern Africa. The 1946 Disney film Song of the South is a frame story based on two Br'er Rabbit stories, "The Laughing Place" and "The Tar Baby". He also has a cameo appearance in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988).