- bunny hugger
- a person obsessed with the welfare of a selective choice of nonhuman mammalsFoxes, rabbits, and badgers score more highly than rats and mice. A dysphemism, especially among the practitioners of country sports:Judging from letters sent to the Press, many bunny-huggers believe that the average mink lives the life of a fur-clad Buddhist monk. (Robin Page in Daily Telegraph, 6 September 1998 — those describing themselves as animal lovers had released some 6,000 mink from captivity in the unfulfilled hope or expectation that the predators would live a vegetarian life of self-denial and peaceful coexistence among the native fauna)
How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms. R. W. Holder. 2014.