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Pink donkey controversy: Restaurant vows not to use animals in promotions, PETA says [Video]

May 9, 2011 |  7:22 am


Animal rights grounds are criticizing the owners of a Century City Mexican restaurant for a promotion last week that involved painting a donkey pink and displaying the animal during a hot day.

The promotion for the Pink Taco restaurant generated national publicity, with some criticizing the restaurant for what they considered mistreatment of the animal.

On Sunday, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals announced that it had received a promise from Pink Taco's owner pledging "not to use animals at our events and promotions and we are looking forward to … discussing how we can work together in the future.”

PETA said the owner had made the same promise after another donkey promotion drew complaints in 2008.

Another animal rights group, the Companion Animal Protection Society, said video of last week's promotion shows evidence the donkey was in distress.

Officials at Pink Taco could not be reached for comment.

-- Shelby Grad