A pet rabbit named Sugar Bunny was stolen from a Spokane, Washington preschool and fliers protesting circus animal acts were left in the empty cage.
The children came back to school on Monday to find out that Sugar Bunny was gone. Teachers suspect that the rabbit was stolen on Saturday evening.
“Somebody stoled him. I’m sad,” 5-year-old Zion said.
Several fliers were left behind in Sugar Bunny’s cage that expressed protests against the Ringling Brothers Circus, which was in town during the weekend. It showed a picture of a bear, trying to escape from its cage. Animal rights groups PETA and the Northwest Animal Rights Network were listed on the bottom of the fliers.
Daphna Nachminovitch, director of PETA’s domestic animal department, said the group would not endorse stealing a pet bunny.
“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.
To help the children deal with Sugar Bunny’s disappearance, teachers talked about how some people have different ideas about animals and how some feel that animals should not belong in cages. The children remembered their rabbit by drawing pictures and writing songs.
“We had a little rabbit. His name was Sugar Bunny. Sometimes we took him out and he ran around and sometimes he rested outside. Where did Sugar Bunny go? Will they give him back? What did they do with him?”, one student wrote.
Sugar Bunny helped the children with their separation anxiety when they were dropped off at school.