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Ye Olde Fighting Cocks: Where Clever Chickens Come to Roost

Posted on May 22, 2015 by Lisa Ricard Claro   13 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

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Observations from the Tub: Fighting Cocks or Clever Chickens? You Be the Judge.

Britain’s oldest pub, established in the eighth century, has survived under many monikers. The current name—since 1872—is Ye Olde Fighting Cocks. The name reflects the establishment’s early ties to cockfighting, a sport banned in Britain in the late 1800s.

As with most things these days, someone unhappy with the name of the pub wants it changed to reflect a kinder, gentler time. PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) believes the name should become Ye Olde Clever Cocks, and PETA director Mimi Bekhechi said: “Changing the name would reflect today’s rejection of needless violence and help celebrate chickens as the intelligent, sensitive and social animals they are.”

The pub’s landlord, Christo Tofalli, told the BBC: “We are happy to discuss this with PETA, but we would like to remind everyone that the pub is very historic, and when local children are taught about it they are told that cock fighting was wrong, and that is why it was banned.”

My opinion? You can’t and shouldn’t rewrite history. Learn from it and move on. And if you’re hungry…well, don’t order the chicken. Or the fish & chips, apparently.

Broccoli casserole, anyone?

Read the articles at BBC.com and mirror.co.uk.

What say thee, in-the-Buffers? Is the pub glorifying a bygone, inhumane sport, or is PETA a little too sensitive about their chickens and pub naming? I always enjoy reading your comments, even when you disagree with me.

Have a great weekend!
Lisa

13 Responses to "Ye Olde Fighting Cocks: Where Clever Chickens Come to Roost"

  1. Comment by Claudia
    May 22, 2015 at 8:15 am  

    I’m with you. The name is historic and should stand, esp with the explanation for children. We don’t learn wrong by ignoring its existence.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      May 22, 2015 at 12:15 pm  

      Hope we’re in the majority, Claudia. I’ll be disappointed if the pub owner caves and changes its name.

  2. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    May 22, 2015 at 9:41 am  

    It just goes to show that location is everything. In the good old U S of A, you couldn’t have fighting cocks OR clever cocks without school kids (and yeah, adults like me) cracking up. 🙂

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      May 22, 2015 at 12:19 pm  

      Hahaha. Point taken.

    • Comment by ButtonsMom2003
      May 22, 2015 at 1:03 pm  

      LOL LOL

  3. Comment by Robert Robinson
    May 22, 2015 at 10:31 am  

    I say they rename the pub after the PETA protesters: Ye ole pains in the ass.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      May 22, 2015 at 12:17 pm  

      That would make the news. lol I checked out the pub’s website the other day when this story broke, and they were happy for the free worldwide promotion. Their sales jumped. 🙂

  4. Comment by ButtonsMom2003
    May 22, 2015 at 1:08 pm  

    I’m all for being politically correct however, I think it’s insane that old, established institutions (be it this pub school mascots or sports team names, etc.) should have to be rebranded. Like the pub’s Landlord let’s use the now politically incorrect terms for education.

    You come up with the most interesting topics, Lisa! Have a great weekend.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      May 22, 2015 at 2:33 pm  

      Thanks! The hubster told me about this one, shaking his head. I think people are too easily offended these days. And truthfully, considering all the REAL issues surrounding the mistreatment of animals, this seems like a ridiculous waste of PETA’s—and the pub owner’s—time. Surely there are better ways to improve life for animals than complaining about the name of a pub.

  5. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    May 24, 2015 at 8:09 am  

    In the name of political correctness we have drifted too far from simple common sense. In my opinion, the name is historic and should remain the same. People!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      May 26, 2015 at 8:56 pm  

      Yes! With all the things to worry about, and they want to spend time on the name of a pub. Oy.

  6. Comment by Tammy
    May 25, 2015 at 8:50 pm  

    I’m with the others. History is history, and cute names won’t (and shouldn’t) change it. But I have to say I loved Cathy’s comment…especially since the first thing my ee-vil mind did was think up alternate suggestions.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      May 26, 2015 at 8:57 pm  

      Haha…that could be its own blog post. 🙂


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