Thursday, September 27, 2007

Tots' bunny nabbed in circus protest

Tue Sep 25, 10:38 AM ET

SPOKANE, Wash. - A pet rabbit named Sugar Bunny was stolen from a preschool and fliers protesting circus animal acts were left in its empty cage.

The preschool's children gathered in a circle Monday to remember Sugar Bunny.

"We talked about how some people have different ideas about animals," said teacher Lori Peters. "Some people don't think they should be in cages."

Did they talk about how some people can't tell the difference between the kinds of animals you see in a school and the kind you see at the circus? Did they talk about people who are too chickenshit to steal bears from the circus, so they steal children's bunnies from school?

Sugar Bunny vanished from the Community Building Children's Center on Saturday, teachers said.

"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."

The fliers expressed protests against the Ringling Brothers Circus, which was in town during the weekend, and had a picture of a bear trying to escape from a cage. The fliers bore the names of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the Northwest Animal Rights Network.

"Is a bear the same thing as a bunny, boys and girls? No, a bear is different from a bunny, isn't it? Would you see a bear in a cage in a classroom?"

Daphna Nachminovitch, director of PETA's domestic animal department, said the group would not endorse stealing a pet bunny.

Note to PETA: Protest the circus AT the circus!

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