Donkey Painted Pink Sparks Outrage

Pink Taco is a restaurant in a Los Angeles shopping mall. For Cinco de Mayo someone at Pink Taco had the not-so-bright idea to rent a donkey and paint it pink. Then “Pink Taco” was painted in dark letters over the pink area. The painted donkey was tied up all day near the restaurant to advertise it.

Thankfully, a healthy amount of outrage from PETA and others over the treatment of the donkey forced the restaurant’s owner to issue a statement, “Pink Taco has agreed not to use animals at our events and promotions and we are looking forward to … discussing how we can work together in the future.” (Source:

Who knows if the statement is sincere. As of this posting, they  are using a photo of the pink donkey in the profile page of their Twitter account, and posted this Tweet recently: “thank god we don’t get lots of fat chicks here. they bitch about everything. especially tv shows.” (Source:

It has been reported that food and water were placed near the captive painted donkey, and trainers from the animal rental company were present to some degree. This information doesn’t ring quite true, as it would seem a  caring animal rental company wouldn’t allow a donkey to be painted and used in such a manner, let alone tied up by itself all day near a shopping mall. A spokesperson from the Companion Animal Protection Society said it sets a bad example, and could lead others to believe using a donkey in that manner is a reasonable thing to do.

A responsible dog owner wouldn’t leave their dog tied up on a sidewalk all day, so why is it acceptable to do that to a donkey?

Image Credit: LAWeekly

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Aud Nordby
Aud nordby3 years ago


Lydia Weissmuller Price

Poor baby. I wish someone would have swiped him and taken him home. He needs to belong to people who will love him.

Genoveva M.
Genoveva M M.3 years ago

Yes Diane L. is right, I read about this poor donkey about two years ago.
I hope he is OK. and away from the scums who had such stupid idea.

Diane L.
Diane L.3 years ago

Aaaah, geez, Kate! I didn't even notice how YOU'VE brought me back into the discussion by replying to my post made months ago. Now, it's approaching TWO YEARS since Jake submitted this. I bet the donkey isn't even living by now, who knows? Let's see, May of's almost March of 2013.

Diane L.
Diane L.3 years ago

Yes, Kate, of course that occurred to me, but at what point does Care.2 (well, their many unprofessional writers) stop resurrecting old articles? Are we going to read 5, 6, 7 or 10 year old crap that has long since been resolved issues or OLD NEWS? People read this stuff and react, thinking it's current and go off in emotional tirades, wanting to sign petitions, etc. Why not start debating the Cuban Missile Crisis or even whether we should or should not have entered WWII?

Personally, I feel foolish if I react to something that #1, is old stuff and no longer even reality, and #2, proven false. That has also been the case in Care.2 dozens of times. I've gotten to the point where I "Google" the situation first to see if it's even a real "cause" before comment.

Kate S.
Kate S.3 years ago

Diane, has it occurred to you that it may now be news to others? I never saw it until recently, yet like to be reminded that morons still attempt "brilliant " ideas....that last part was sarcasm. OH yeah- even if an employee owned the said donkey, does that make it appropriate to spray paint it? Ummm ponder that. Second, really, spray paint a donkey? Next time they are looking for a model, are you in?

Anna Undebeck
Anna Undebeck3 years ago

Stupid morons!!!

Les M.
Les M.3 years ago

what were they thinking? who would want to eat an establishment that would do this to an animal? even if you didn't think about the donkeys life, what about the sanitation?

Sandi C.
Sandi C.4 years ago

cruel .

Jane R.
Jane R.4 years ago

Why are old stories posted here? I prefer to read about something that is hapening now! Old news is no news.