Easter bunny controversy

An Easter ad campaign recently generated controversy over in Europe. A Swiss shopping center promoted the opening of a new shop by running an advertisement showing a rabbit that (through the magic of photoshop) appeared to be wearing a pair of panties. A representative from an animal protection group said, "From our point of view, the respect of the rabbit has been badly damaged." And went on to suggest that the image could promote unwholesome feelings of desire towards animals.

This isn't the first time WU has reported on an Easter bunny controversy. Two years ago we called attention to an ad for Cadbury's caramel nibbles that featured a similarly provocative rabbit.

     Posted By: Alex - Mon Apr 28, 2014
     Category: Animals | Advertising | Easter

I'm sorry, Jessica is still the hottest Rabbit around!


Oh, GOD!!!! P.E.T.A. is contagious!
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 04/28/14 at 10:46 AM
When reporting from say Switzerland, say Switzerland, not Europe. To suggest that all European countries are the same is like saying Mississippi and Hawaii are the same. I´v never heard of either of these `controversies´ and yet I´ve lived in Europe´ for 39 years now. How strange.
Posted by F.U.D. on 04/28/14 at 10:54 AM
It all snaps into focus when you hit the big 40 F.U.D..
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 04/28/14 at 10:55 AM
"... promote unwholesome feelings of desire towards animals."

I've been thinking on that for the last few hours and I can't see it.
Posted by KDP on 04/28/14 at 12:08 PM
@KDP -- panties are supposed to keep things from being seen.

Considering that rabbits are well known for frequency of mating, I think putting panties on one would slow it down.
Posted by Phideaux on 04/28/14 at 12:22 PM
Yeah, let someone come up with bunny panties that prevent excessive breeding and those PETA knock offs would be all for it.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 04/28/14 at 01:01 PM
Be sure to remove the panties first. Add butter and bacon as needed.

Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 04/28/14 at 04:16 PM
Rabbit stew, hold the panties!
If you have bacon why do you even need rabbit though?!?
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 04/28/14 at 07:59 PM
"...similarly provocative rabbit."

Um, no Alex.
Posted by crc on 04/28/14 at 08:48 PM
And the worst thing? It's the Easter hare in Europe, not the Easter bunny rabbit. Rather different animals, those - nobody who's seen them side by side will ever conflate them again. That up there is definitely not an Osterhase. I could, possibly, excuse such ignorance in a shopping mall if it weren't for the clear hint in the word, but for an animal wrongs group it's simply yet another testament of incompetence.
Posted by Richard Bos on 04/29/14 at 09:03 AM
As usual these days, there's no end of mopes looking for things to be offended by on others' behalf, generally to spoil things for normal people. If you don't tell them to stuff it at every opportunity, they feel empowered.
Posted by Mr Evilwrench on 04/29/14 at 09:38 AM
Meanwhile, in New Zealand we have the annual Easter Bunny Shoot and now this - rabbit pizza http://www.franchise.co.nz/article/1875
Posted by shl on 04/29/14 at 05:37 PM
Unwholesome feelings for bunnies is not much different than unwholesome feelings between two guys.
Posted by RobK on 04/30/14 at 11:05 AM
RobK: Wholesoame feelings between two guys is much preferable to those between, say, rednecks. At least gays don´t propagate.
Posted by F.U.D. on 05/01/14 at 12:37 PM
"At least gays don´t propagate. "

Neither do rednecks who like bunnies.
Posted by RobK on 05/02/14 at 11:34 AM
Yeah, but the bunny hasn't given informed consent. The faggots have, so leave the faggots alone unless you want to be branded a bunny-raper.
Posted by Richard Bos on 05/02/14 at 11:57 AM
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