It is that time of year again. The great and beloved Easter Bunny will come to millions of children’s homes to blanket them with candy and stuffed animals. As host of www.radiolawtalk.com I feel it is important that we touch on some of the potential hazards that the good Bunny must endure and some of the laws that he/she may be breaking (note: I am not sure what sex the Easter Bunny is—if you know please contact us at www.radiolawtalk.com).
First, the Easter Bunny will be exposed to hazards of being injured while on the job. I am not quite sure how the Easter Bunny gets around without elves or reindeer to help like Santa has at his disposal. The Easter Bunny does a lot of hoping around, so I assume they have jet-propelled hoppers or special magic powers. It’s possible the Easter Bunny may have special powers to make sure his smell is undetectable by other animals… but it’s not something I can confirm.
However, coming into someone’s yard and house that has dogs or big mean cats can be a work hazard. Even with magical powers.
If a family knows about their dog or cat’s tendency to attack bunny rabbits, and allows their cat or dog to remain unsecured the evening of Easter, they may be liable for injuries sustained by the Easter Bunny under a negligence theory of law. If injured by a homeowner’s dog or cat, the Bunny should go after the homeowner’s insurance.
The Assumed Risks of Easter Bunny Duty
A savvy personal injury lawyer may represent the Easter Bunny for injuries sustained while hiding eggs or delivering chocolate or stuffed animals to a home. However, the homeowner may argue that the Easter Bunny was trespassing. This means the Bunny assumed the risk of being injured by the family animals. But I believe a judge or jury would not look kindly on the homeowner; they probably knew or should have known that the Easter Bunny was coming. Remember, the homeowners’ kids (or neighborhood kids if the homeowner does not have children at home) probably told them about the impending visit.
As such, the homeowner had a duty to warn the Easter Bunny or remove the hazard from the home (at least for one night). While homeowners can protect their property, deadly force is generally not an option unless they are threatened with grave bodily harm. But the Easter Bunny is probably (hopefully) not related to the one from Monty Python. As such, there is no proof of such a threat.
A Duplicitous Bunny?
Now, another potential criminal charge the Easter Bunny may face other than trespassing is Stalking. Yes, the little hopper is stalking the children, maybe, to learn about what they want or like. If you had an aggressive prosecutor from a certain county, they might try to press charges.
The Easter Bunny may also be charged with second degree burglary for taking all the eggs from the chickens. They also face charges of vandalism by defacing the eggs. In its attempt to hide the eggs by coloring them, the Bunny could be prosecuted for willful destruction of evidence. However, the chickens the Bunny gets the eggs from will probably not press charges. This has been going on for many years, and there’s likely a business agreement involved. So, on that front, the Easter Bunny is most likely safe.
I wonder if there will be any issues with Mr. McGregor, who may want to press charges for many of the above possible unlawful acts of the Easter Bunny? I don’t think so because he’s getting up there in age. He probably just wants to relax and be a good neighbor and share his garden. Rest assured, Mr./Ms. Bunny: the hosts of Radio Law Talk have agreed to represent you for free from any of the aforementioned charges or injuries. (Except Todd Kuhnen, remember his Radio Law Talk Saying–“if you pay my fee I will take your case.”)
By Attorney Frederick W. Penney Esq. *
*for those of you that are no fun, boring, cannot take a joke and/or are legal purists, the above was all done in jest.