PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon farmer and instructor for the Portland Meat Collective says there was likely political motivation behind the theft of 23 rabbits.

Levi Cole says the rabbits were taken from his property in a burglary Saturday, the night before he instructed a class on raising, slaughtering and cooking rabbits.

He told The Oregonian (http://is.gd/U14xjq ) he believes the burglary was politically charged, and whoever stole the rabbits left behind nine nursing baby bunnies that died Sunday.

Portland Meat Collective owner Camas Davis says it's the first time anything like this has happened to the group, which gets an occasional comment on its website from people angry at its existence.

The rabbit class went on as scheduled with other rabbits. Cole says the burglary was the main topic of dinner conversation.


Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

Copyright 2012 The AP.

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