Publication/Event date: 2011-05-08
Publication name: ABC 7 KABC-TV Los Angeles News
URL for more info: http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news%2Flocal%2Flos_angeles&id=8119535
CENTURY CITY, Calif. (KABC) — Animal rights activists picketed outside a Mexican restaurant in Century City on Sunday because the eatery had a donkey painted hot pink for a Cinco de Mayo promotion.
Pink Taco, a restaurant with a penchant for garnering national publicity with its salacious name, stationed the painted donkey outside its Westfield Century City mall door as a promotion.
The restaurant’s spokesman said two animal handlers were with the donkey all day and the animal was comfortable, not mistreated and appeared happy.
About two dozen protesters wanted the restaurant to apologize.
“It was shaved, it was dyed and it was transported like cargo,” said Marina Lee of the Companion Animal Protection Society, or CAPS.
Carole Davis, speaking for the CAPS, said “We think that it’s in very poor taste at best and we’re concerned that it was abusive to the animal.”
We can’t believe all the press CAPS is getting over the Pink Taco fiasco. Check it out! http://tinyurl.com/3bfw9e6
- The Huffington Post: Pink Taco’s Cinco De Mayo Donkey Sparks Outrage
- Eater: Pink Taco Responds to PETA; The Spanish Kitchen Holds “Defend The Donkey” Three Course Vegan Dinner
- The Daily Breeze: SoCal restaurant picketed for painting donkey pink
- NBC Los Angeles: Century City Restaurant Takes Heat for Painting Donkey
- Los Angeles Times: Pink donkey controversy: Restaurant vows not to use animals in promotions, PETA says [Video]
- KTLA: Animal Activists Target Restaurant Over Pink Donkey – Chip Yost reports
- FOX 40: PETA: Pink Taco Owner Pledged in 2008 to Not Use Animals as Promotion