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.”