A pet rabbit named Sugar Bunny was stolen from a Spokane preschool last week. Animal rights fliers protesting the Ringling Brothers circus were left in the empty cage.

“Somebody stoled him,” 5-year-old Zion told The Spokesman-Review, which gave only the first names of him and other children in a report on the heist. “I’m sad.”

Lori Peters, a teacher, said watching, petting and playing with Sugar Bunny helped the little children overcome separation anxiety.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which co-sponsored the anti-circus flier, doesn’t endorse bunny-napping, said Daphna Nachminovitch, director of PETA’s domestic animal department.

“Just like dogs and cats, (rabbits) have been domesticated, so we encourage people who have the knowledge and ability to adopt rabbits from their local shelters,” Nachminovitch said.

I’ve been anti-bunny since my toddler daughter stuck her finger in the mouth of her baby sitter’s rabbit, which happened to have unusually strong jaws, and lost the tip of her finger. Still, I join Zion and her friends in mourning the disappearance and probable demise of Sugar Bunny.

Via Education Gadfly.

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  1. This strikes me as a somewhat-typical activist behavior – do something to make your point, not caring that most people will see it as marginally related, and not caring about the collateral damage done in your wake. (Had I been one of those five year olds? I would have been frightened and devastated and would have wondered if one of my friends or I was next in line to be kidnapped.)

    Nice way to claim circuses are cruel – by traumatizing five year olds.

  2. your daughter and the rabbit should have been better supervised. animals aren’t toys