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: LAweekly.com)
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: Twitter.com)
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?
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