Since time immemorial, plants and animals have played a key role in our customs and traditions. Without rabbits, potatoes, butterflies or rice, we would certainly have little to celebrate. The Hanami festival in Japan, for instance, would probably not be possible without cherry blossoms. And, can you imagine Easter without the Easter bunny? In folklore and mythology, plants and animals often symbolize fertility, health and life. Some are even considered sacred such as the cow in India or the Baobab tree in Africa. Over the entire history of mankind, the natural world has been imbued with positive qualities, transmitted over the centuries through religious texts. The interpretations are largely positive. But, there are exceptions.