Twenty-three year old animal rights activist Andrew Stepanian is back in jail, this time serving a 6-month sentence for a December 2000 incident in which he was charged with resisting arrest and obstruction of justice.
Both of those charges were misdemeanors, but since Stepanian has a habit of getting arrested every several months — according to one animal rights web site, Stepanian has been arrested 15 times. The judge apparently decided to send a message to the young activist.
Stepanian served several months in jail after being caught smashing windows at a Long Island fur store in 2000. He was arrested in 1999 after chaining himself to a fur store.
In a profile for Newsday, reporter Sean Gardiner had an amusing quote from Stepanian’s mother, Ceil Stepanian, who said,
He’s a bunny hugger. Why are people so afraid of someone who’s concerned about the animals?
I don’t think the problem is so much that Stepanian is concerned with animals as much as that he insists on acting like one in public. Somehow I doubt Ms. Stepanian would be as understanding if some hooligan smashed all the windows in her home or car.
Long Island Youth Under Attack. Spirit of Freedom, March 2002.
‘Bunny Hugger’ has a tail, too. Sean Gardiner, Newsday, February 1, 2002.
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