informal, usually disparaging
: an animal rights advocate or activist
- The benefit of a big snowpack is also about the only thing bunny huggers and redneck ranchers seem to agree on.
- —Roger Phillips, Idaho Statesman (Boise, Idaho), 6 Feb. 2011
- Multiple attempts were made to destroy not only Carson's scientific credibility but also her personal reputation: she was a fanatic, she was a “bunny hugger”, she was a dangerous reactionary who would drag modern society backwards into a new Middle Ages filled with pests, vermin, crop destruction and lethal diseases.
- —Margaret Atwood, The Guardian (London), 8 Dec. 2012