An animal rights group is calling for a historic pub to be renamed so that it is less offensive to chickens.
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) wants Ye Olde Fighting Cocks in St Albans to be changed to Ye Olde Clever Cocks “in recognition of society’s growing compassion for animals and in celebration of intelligent, sensitive chickens”.
Dawn Carr, special projects’ manager for PETA, sent an open letter to Mitchells and Butlers, owners of the pub, and to Cocks landlord Christo Tofalli asking them to end the association with the banned sport of cockfighting.
In her letter Carr said that many pubs which had names associated with slavery changed them “to match modern sensibilities”.
Tofalli, the Cocks landlord, responded in a letter today: “We have a responsibility to preserve the history of this building.
“We celebrate the fact that cock fighting was banned in the 1800s, but we won’t consider changing our name.”
The pub is supposed to have been founded in the eight century, laying claim to being the oldest pub in Britain. It has been called Ye Olde Fighting Cocks since 1872.