PETA: Name of iconic pub offensive to chickens; should be changed to celebrate chickens’ intelligence

PETA: Name of iconic pub offensive to chickens; should be changed to celebrate chickens’ intelligence
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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent a letter to the oldest bar in Britain on Monday demanding that it change its historic name because “Ye Olde Fighting Cocks” is offensive to chickens.

PETA director Mimi Bekhechi said the name should be changed to “Ye Olde Clever Cocks” because that would “celebrate chickens as the intelligent, sensitive and social animals they are,” according to an article in the Mirror.

The pub is Britain’s oldest, according to Guinness World Records, and has had the name since 1872. …

“We understand that the pub has long been called Ye Olde Fighting Cocks and that there may be some resistance to making a name change, but just as many pubs with names tied to slavery changed their names to match modern sensibilities, so it’s high time for The Cocks to change,” the group’s special-projects manager Dawn Carr said in a letter, according to the Herts Advertiser.

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