Friday, May 13, 2011

Rabbit's Foot Superstition Not So Lucky for Rabbits

Friday the 13th reminds me of a superstition I find particularly cruel - the "lucky" rabbit's foot.  According to Wikepedia, "In some cultures, the foot of a rabbit is carried as an amulet believed to bring good luck." Unfortunately,this irrational belief is held by people in many parts of the world.  Even the California Lottery recently produced a commerical for television,“Rabbit Foot Factory.” (Link to video) It shows rabbits escaping since there is no longer any need for further production of cruel talismans (to have more chances to win). I have spent a lot of time trimming rabbit nails, cleaning bunny feet and helping rescued rabbits recover from sore hocks. The ghastly idea of rabbit feet detached from the rabbit does not conjure up good fortune. The fact that Amazon still sells them online is inexcusable. A rabbit's foot lucky?  Hardly, superstitious people should remember it only brought suffering to the rabbit. (Painting by Will Bullas)