In 600 AD…
…Pope Gregory the Great … decreed that laurices — newborn or fetal rabbits — didn’t count as meat. Christians could therefore eat them during Lent. They became a popular delicacy, and hungry monks started breeding them. Their work transformed the wild, skittish European rabbit into a tame domestic animal that tolerates humans.
Or maybe not, says Ed Yong.
In fact, “…when it comes to domestication, …when is the wrong question.” Shoot.