Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Stamp of the day: An earlier rat year 1995


5 comments:

Ans said...

Tjusig råtta.

LS said...

I just found out was born during the Year of the Sheep!

LS said...

Do you think rats are considered a better animal in China because people eat them there? I know they used to eat them at least. That way they become more important in the culture, not just a pest like here and in Europe.

EH said...

I don´t know why it´s condsidered a "bad" animal here in the west. There are other "pest" that are more liked. I don´t know about groundhogs in your home.

Probably rats are disliked because they come so close to our own livingspace, our homes and surroundings and they like our food.

And I´m sure that the fact that they live amoung garbage and sewers is making things worse. A symbol of waste and decomposition maybe. And responsible for the transport of "digerdöden" in Europe.

So, if we eat an animal we like it and if it eat our food we dislike it?
And if it eat us? Like wolves, bears and lion? They are not disliked, just feared.

LS said...

"So, if we eat an animal we like it and if it eat our food we dislike it?
And if it eat us? Like wolves, bears and lion? They are not disliked, just feared."

Well, I think there is something to that. But, I love venison, and I dislike it. Pigs eat our food, but they are not pests (except in Hawaii). Maybe it is more that in Southeast and East Asia they eat all animals, and in Europe and America we do not? Except that is not really true either. People do eat squirrels and porcupines and snakes here too.