18 rabbits stolen from Portland Meat Collective instructor

PORTLAND, Ore. - Someone stole 18 rabbits from a Portland Meat Collective instructor's backyard Saturday, according to the organization's owner.

There were conflicting reports about the number of rabbits stolen. The organization's web site said 23 were stolen, but Monday owner Camas Davis said 18 were taken from the home.

The rabbits were going to be used for a lesson on Sunday.

Davis said whoever stole the rabbits left 10 babies that were still nursing without a mother and the babies died.

"They were one day old. We attempted to find a nursing mother for them, tried to bottle feed them with some supplement, but they died very quickly," Davis said.

The Portland Meat Collective holds classes and discussions on animal-rearing, slaughtering and meat preparation.

Davis said someone also got into one of the kitchens they use for classes, but would not say if anything was stolen or damaged. She told KATU News she believes the theft was politically-motivated.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to contact the Portland Meat Collective by email.