PETA has gotten into a bit of scuffle this week with an 8th century British pub, because its name is associated with cockfighting… and chickens might take offense to it.
The animal rights group wrote a letter to “Ye Olde Fighting Cocks” requesting that it change its name “to reflect society’s rejection of needless violence and help celebrate a fascinating but often abused and misunderstood animal, the chicken.”
They go so far as to suggest a replacement, “Ye Olde Clever Cocks,” and they even created a mock-up of their new logo.
In the letter, PETA’s special projects manager Dawn Carr says the current name “calls to mind the violence and gore of cockfighting,” and the new name would help educate people that “chickens are intelligent, sensitive and super-social animals.”
She adds that PETA will be happy to host a mock-chicken meat party to to celebrate the name change, and she offers up some fun chicken facts that she says would look great on coasters.
“You see, chickens just want to be loved,” Carr writes. “When people really understand who chickens are as individuals, they are less likely to feel comfortable about eating them.”
Despite all of the media attention the story is getting, the bar has no plans to change the name. They posted a statement on their website basically saying thanks, but no thanks.
Firstly, we would just like to go on record and say that we are big fans of the work PETA do, their campaign for banning fur was spot on and something they managed magnificently. However, when it comes to the naming of historic English pubs, on this occasion, we think we might have pass them up on the offer of help!
They added that while they do serve meat, all of it “is of the highest possible welfare.”
From Huff Po:
An Ohio bartender has come under fire after she gave her customers a receipt with a homophobic slur written on it, but she says she didn't mean to offend anyone.
Alissa Maugen was serving her friends drinks at West End Tavern near Cleveland on Sunday. When her friends got their receipt, the word "Fags" appeared in place of a name, ABC 6 reports.
One of the friends reportedly posted a photo of the receipt to Instagram, and it soon ended up on Facebook, setting off a firestorm of criticism. Lucas Barstow posted the photo on West End Tavern's Facebook page.
"Will never go here, and will let ALL my friends know," Barstow wrote in his caption. His post has been shared more than 1,000 times, and other critics have also posted the image to West End's page.
Speaking to ABC 6, Maugen said the slur was meant as a joke.
"I understand it's a very sensitive thing, but it was definitely not made to be offensive toward anybody," Maugen said.
Andrew Rollings, the friend of Maugen's for whom the receipt was meant, came to the server's defense, saying it was meant only as a joke between friends.
“Nothing was meant to be malicious about it," Rollings said. "Nothing at all.”
West End Tavern said on its Facebook page that Maugen has been suspended "until we ensure that she and other employees understand that words hurt."
"We’re horrified that such a stupid thing happened," the post reads. "The West End Tavern abhors this type of slur. It isn’t funny and it hurts our friends and our customers."
The restaurant did not immediately return a request for comment.
Joe Navarrete returned Wednesday night to his former place of work -- Slick's in Norco, where he worked as a bouncer at the bar every other weekend.
While working at Slick's in the 1800 block of Hammer Avenue on May 9, Navarrete says, a woman approached him. She was bleeding and was barely able to talk.
"She was trying to but she was just so hysterical... All I understood was that she fought off a rape, and right away, my first instinct was to call 911 for her," Navarrete said.
James Allen Schneider, 21, of Norco was arrested on attempted rape, robbery and assault with a deadly weapon charges in connection to the incident, according to the Norco Sheriff's Department.
Schneider had followed the victim to the 1500 block of 2nd Street. He physically assaulted her and then threatened to sexually assault her. During the assault, Schneider took her purse and cellphone. The victim fought back and ran about a half-mile to Slick's.
Navarrete called police and the victim was transported by ambulance to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Back at the bar, however, Navarrete says the owner was upset he had called 911 and told him that the woman's problems were not the bar's responsibility.
"I was shocked. I couldn't believe that he was stating that to me," Navarrete said.
Eight days later, he says he received a call from the owner telling him he was fired.
"Right away, I asked him why, because I called 911? And then he started stating about it's not our responsibilities to be calling 911. We have no responsibilities outside the door. That she should've called it herself," Navarrete said.
Eyewitness News attempted to contact the owner, identified as Simon Fangary.
He released the following statement: "Joe was not fired for calling 911 as he claims since he was instructed to do so by the head bouncer... Over the last 20 years numerous employees called 911 from Slick's and no one was ever fired."
Fangary refused to say why Navarrete was fired stating alleged legal reasons.
Navarrete is far from convinced.
"There is no other reason," he said. "Obviously, I know he's just doing what he has to do to feel to protect himself but honestly, he knows the truth that there is no other reason."
Whatever the official reason, customers have already taken to social media, posting comments on Slick's Facebook page and Yelp pages.
"DON'T SUPPORT THIS PLACE!!!!!! the owner would not allow his bouncer to help a raped and beaten woman. Disgusting. You should be ashamed of yourself," Monika W. of Riverside said a in a Yelp review.
Despite her dad losing his job, Navarrete's daughter, Chelsea, says she is happy he did what he did.
"I have a little sister. I don't want that to happen to any girl. That's just a bad situation, but he did the right thing by helping her," she said.
If the same situation arose again, Navarrete says he'd handle it the same way. He says that at this point even if he were to be offered his job back at Slick's, he wouldn't accept the offer.
Ugh! I HATED working in the bar, because people would shake their glasses or bang them on tables to try to get my attention.
I completely ignored one guy, until he got super pissed and finally ASKED for a refill.
I smiled sweetly, told him that that was all he had needed to do; ask, and STILL got a fifteen dollar tip on a twenty dollar tab.
People who shake glasses/snap fingers/clink ice at waitresses should choke on their drinks. =]