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LA Restaurant Defends Itself in Pink Donkey Fiasco

5/7/2011 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A famous Los Angeles restaurant is fighting back against claims it abused a donkey as part of a Cinco de Mayo stunt ... claiming the animal was perfectly cared for at all times.

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Pink Taco took a lot of flack from locals -- and even on Twitter by a few celebs, like Pink and Lo Bosworth -- for dying a donkey pink and using it to promote the restaurant.

But a rep for Pink Taco tells TMZ, "We obtained a permit from the city to have the animal on site and the pink coloring used on the donkey was a safe, water-based and commonly used on animals in the entertainment industry. Additionally, the donkey’s trainer escorted him the entire appearance, he was on a leash, not a chain as reported in the media, and we provided plenty of water and care to him throughout."

The rep tells TMZ they have spoken with PETA about the incident and have decided it was in their best interest to not do anymore animal-related promotions in the future.

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Muppet    

Animals lick themselves and ingest that dye. Alot of people are dying their animals fur for fun, this needs to stop. Ingesting those chemicals can't be healthy even if it's water based.

1208 days ago
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Who gives a F about mel gibson?    

Donkeys were not put on earth to be painted pink and used in advertising. The donkey even looks humiliated. Just sayin..

1208 days ago
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srsly    

dyeing. not dying.

1208 days ago
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Rufus T. Firefly    

He looks as happy as any donkey I've ever seen. Get over it people. There are humans on this planet who are suffering more than this donkey!

1208 days ago
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Who gives a F about mel gibson?    

It doesnt even look good. Leave the animals out of your lame attempt to bring customers in. People will never learn...

1208 days ago
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Damon    

Peta and these animal nutjobs need to get a life!


They serve dead, cooked animals at the resturaunt!


Animals live outside - they eat bugs, feces, each other!


Get over it!

1208 days ago
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Muppet    

srsly

Thanks for correcting my typo. lol

1208 days ago
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marbles    

Tasteless. Stupid morons. Poor donkey :(

1208 days ago
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Bubba    

The people of Pink Taco should have painted their faces pink.

1208 days ago
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theresa    

This is so degradig and undignified. Let alone this graceful animal should be in a field soft on it's hooves, not on concrete ground....next to a rusting taco sign. Where's the water trough even?

Morons.

1208 days ago
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Jen O.    

Quel suprise... PETA need to just go away. Basically, if you don't $hi!t for your animal, you're abusing it.

*Goes off to eat a big and juicy steak*

1208 days ago
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northern gypsy    

ok...the donkey was not harmed(?)...however...
being man-handled to be painted & put on public display in not natural !!!
using live animals (of any kind) for promotions is a error in judgement...

1208 days ago
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Debbie    

There is more important issues to be concerned about than a donkey being painted with dye.

1208 days ago
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stu    

ALL U complaining meat eaters r b!tch'n bout this but eat donkey!
GO VEGETARIAN!!!

1208 days ago
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Fat hand puppet    

for those who want to go into buisness, this harry joker is no "buisnessman". He is just a rich nut with a rich hobbie a real buisnessman is someone like the founder of Wendy's or others who made food that was affordable. Harry is just a joke.

1208 days ago
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