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Donkey promotion riles rights groups

May 10, 2011 at 3:30 AM

LOS ANGELES, May 10 (UPI) -- A Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles has pledged not to use animals in promotions after it drew criticism for painting a donkey pink on a hot day.

The Pink Taco restaurant was subject to criticism from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the Companion Animal Protection Society after an event in whch it painted a donkey pink and put it on display during hot weather last week, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.

CAPS said the donkey appeared to be in distress in video footage of the promotion. PETA said it received a promise from the restaurant's owner "not to use animals at our events and promotions and we are looking forward to ... discussing how we can work together in the future."

However, the group said the Pink Taco made a similar promise following a 2008 incident involving a donkey.

The restaurant's owner could not be reached for comment, the Times said.

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