Animal activists PETA demand Britain’s oldest pub change its name from ‘Ye Olde Fighting Cocks’ to ‘Ye Olde Clever Cocks’ to celebrate intelligent chickens.’ Activists have called on an eighth century pub to change its name from ‘Ye Olde Fighting Cocks’ to ‘Ye Olde Clever Cocks’ to reflect today’s compassion for animals.
Animal rights group PETA wants the St Albans pub to adopt a new name to ‘celebrate chickens as the intelligent, sensitive animals they are’. The pub, which is in the Guinness Book of Records as the UK’s oldest, has had its current name since 1872 due to its history of cock-fighting, a sport which was banned outright in England and Wales in 1835.
Landlord Mr Tofalli, who has been at the pub for more than three years, said he had a responsibility for preserving the history and the heritage of the ‘oldest pub in the country’ where Oliver Cromwell reputedly spent a night during the English Civil War. ‘We’re not changing the name for PETA or for anyone else.’ Click pics to enlarge
Huzza for the Landlord of ‘Ye Olde Fighting Cocks,’ and common bloody sense. Though I would dispute the claim to it being the ‘oldest pub in the country.’ That honour goes to ‘Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem – 1189 AD.’ The unusual name comes from Richard the Lionheart’s crusade against the Saracens who occupied the Holy Land. Crusaders stopped at the foot of Nottingham Castle rock for ale and refreshment before journeying on to Jerusalem. Yours Aye.