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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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76.

Frankly    

Animal activist people are a crazy lot. No one was hurt by this promotion, including the donkey. Give it a rest you nut cases. Take more of your meds and calm down.

1233 days ago
77.

The Yakima Kid    

This is ridiculous. The donkey wasn't harmed and was having a great day just hanging out in the shade with a handler. I suggest that those who are so upset about this go down to skid road and protest about the homeless people who are stuck outside, day and night, without access to shade and fresh water. Or if they can't begin to care about people, they should volunteer at their local shelter to socialize abandoned animals. And if they can't do that, they could at least do donkeys the favor of learning something about them before they go off to try and "save" another donkey from some harmless fate.

1232 days ago
78.

Everyones~A~Star    

I have a lot of experience raising live stock. He is muscular, clearly well fed and a good looking animal in great shape.

1232 days ago
79.

Les    

It's obvious the donkey was completely shaved, then painted or dyed. It's very different to dye the hair vs. painting bare skin and directly exposing to the sun on one of the hottest days of the year. Then using the skin as a canvas- you who think it's funny try it on yourselves. Naked, of course, with your feet tied together. And no way to communicate your discomfort or distress. Oh yes, those who care about things of this type care about a lot of other things, too.

1232 days ago
80.

friend of source    

who says that the donkey didn't like being colored pink? pink is actually a really cool color...my favorite actually.
im pretty sure the donkey liked this.

1231 days ago
81.

day    

"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men..." ~ St. Francis of Assisi, Roman Catholic friar, founder of the Franciscans order"

“Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man." ~ Arthur Schopenhauer, German Philosopher

1231 days ago
82.

day    

"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men..." ~ St. Francis of Assisi, Roman Catholic friar, founder of the Franciscans order"

“Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man." ~ Arthur Schopenhauer, German Philosopher

1231 days ago
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