A leading animal rights organization, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, launched a campaign Monday to rename small clumps of dust found in hard to reach places including underneath furniture and in corners.
"The term 'dust bunny' is defamatory to rabbits everywhere," PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said in a statement.
"Bunnies are living, breathing, sentient beings," Newkirk added. "So-called 'dust bunnies' are made of hair, lint, dead skin and dust. They can be harmful to the health and even shorten the life of electronics."
In lieu of "dust bunny" PETA is suggesting that people use terms such as "dust cluster" or "dust clod."
Newkirk said those terms were far more descriptive anyway, as clumps of dust in no way resemble rabbits.