Animal Cruelty

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2014

    Mercy for Animals Protests Outside Leprino, Owned by One of Richest Coloradans

    More than forty activists gathered on the sidewalk in front of the Leprino Foods corporate headquarters on West 38th Avenue at noon yesterday, carrying signs and banners printed with the phrases "Leprino Foods: Cruelty in every slice" and "Cows suffer for Leprino cheese." The rally was organized by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    Reader: Rachel Weisz is possibly sexy enough to turn me vegan

    Just in time for Earth Day, PETA has released the finalists in its PETA's Sexiest Vegan Next Door 2014 contest, and Jeb Brovsky, a 25-year-old Lakewood resident -- when he's not playing soccer for the Montréal Impact of Major League Soccer -- is one of ten male finalists. "I am a fun-loving optimis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2013

    PETA calls for Santa Bill Lee's animal license to be non-renewed following reindeer escape

    Update: PETA is still making problems for mall Santa and former Westword cover boy Bill Lee. Five days after calling him out for an incident in which his reindeer escaped from a Santa appearance in Dillon and had to be tracked down the next morning (get the details below), the animal rights organiz ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2012

    Operation Blood Sport: Meth and coke ring bust leads to discovery of cockfighting operation

    If the Jefferson County DA's office is right, some of the sixteen people indicted in a drug ring bust weren't satisfied with dealing meth and cocaine. They were also allegedly involved with an illegal cockfighting operation featuring seventy roosters plus accoutrements that allowed the birds to slas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2012

    PETA: Encourage nonviolence by putting James Holmes on vegetarian diet

    In the wake of the Aurora theater shooting, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals canceled a Denver protest in deference to the victims. But now, PETA has made the tragedy the centerpiece of a new PR blitz. The organization has written a letter to the Arapahoe County Sheriff Office (see it bel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    Aurora theater shooting: PETA cancels "All Animals Have the Same Body Parts" protest

    At last, some good news to come out of the horror in Aurora. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has cancelled a demonstration planned to coincide with a cattle-industry meeting tomorrow. Even PETA, which regularly uses stunts to push its agenda, realizes there are limits to bad taste for a ... More >>

  • Music

    February 9, 2012
  • Blogs

    February 1, 2012

    Animal abuse registry bill fails over concern people listed would be hounded forever

    During the same week that Debe Bell was convicted on 35 counts of animal cruelty (see the photo at right), a bill to establish a registry for animal abusers failed to get out of the agriculture committee. Why? Here's the take of Representative Jeanne Labuda, the measure's sponsor.

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    PETA set to protest the circus every day it's in Denver (PHOTOS)

    A small but sturdy herd of PETA activists is stomping its feet against the circus' stay in Denver. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals supporters took their grievances against Ringing Bros. & Barnum & Bailey's treatment of its elephants to the front of the coliseum this afternoon in hop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    Danielle Blankenship: Charge for killing cat by blowing heroin smoke in its face dropped

    Blankenship.​Last month, Danielle Blankenship, 21, was accused of misdemeanor animal cruelty for allegedly killing her cat by blowing heroin smoke in its face -- and Boulder authorities talked about upping the charge to a felony if any heroin turned up in the cat's system. But none did, prompt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    PETA can't get its impotence billboard up in Denver

    Is this PETA billboard too sexy for Denver?​People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has had a beef with Denver before, most recently when PETA's McCruelty statue planned for the 16th Street Mall was determined to violate Denver sign ordinances. This time, PETA's billboard of a sexy, saus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Puppy stomped to death, thrown in dumpster

    Christopher Blackstone's mug. Larger image below.​Two days before Christmas, Christopher Blackstone of Colorado Springs got into an argument with his girlfriend, Talitha Peterson-Hooks. She ignored his subsequent calls and texts, and, according to the police report, that's when Blackstone tur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2010

    Girls gone vegan: "Naked activist" Ashley Bryne on her cold European tour

    ​Say what you will about People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals -- better known and often reviled as PETA -- but there's no denying their methods are, ahem, eye-catching. Sex sells, as PETA well knows, and there's probably never been an activist organization quite as openly willing to use ... More >>

  • News

    October 28, 2010
  • Blogs

    October 27, 2010

    Get plucked! Denver beats PETA in game of chicken over McCruelty

    ​After a six-month battle to place its McCruelty statue -- a giant maimed chicken -- near the McDonald's on the 16th Street Mall, a fight that involved plenty of legal squawking, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has given up on Denver. City officials should be lovin' it. The Cit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    PETA's anti-McDonald's McCruelty campaign flies the coop, and Denver should be lovin' it

    ​After a six-month battle to place its McCruelty statue -- a giant maimed chicken -- near the McDonald's on the 16th Street Mall, a fight that involved plenty of legal squawking and wing-flapping, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has given up on Denver. The city should be lovin' it.

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    PETA member a no-show for Westword protest

    Wherefore art thou, PETA?​Upset by our video of the live octopus hot pot, PETA member Belinda Heinikey-Williamson threatened to protest at the Westword offices today at 11 a.m. That hour has come and gone, though, with not a single protester in sight. What happened? Was the circus back in to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    Comment of the day: Hate turns to threat of PETA protest of Westword!

    ​Despite some readers' allegations that we're milking the video of the live octopus hot pot (something, by the way, we never condemned nor condoned but merely documented) to a cruel and unusual extent, the glorious comments keep pouring in-- and we're going to keep showcasing the best ones. A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    Wild horses in Colorado: ASPCA, other groups file suit to block roundups of two herds

    A Flickr photo​For years, the Bureau of Land Management has been aiming to remove substantial numbers of northwest Colorado's remaining wild horses -- despite a federal judge's ruling last year that the agency has failed to prove that the obscure herds are overpopulated. Now, a coalition of ac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2010

    John Hickenlooper asked by PETA to take mercy on Barnum & Bailey's elephants: Fat chance

    ​Now, in the center ring, Denver mayor John Hickenlooper is about to get a chance to show mercy to elephants -- even if, as the Democratic candidate for governor, Hickenlooper has Republicans on the run in Colorado (with a major assist from the sideshow of Tom Tancredo's candidacy).

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2010

    Coleadero Rodeo skips steer-tailing event that ripped tails off cattle, but what about next time?

    From Channel 31 coverage.​The July 18 edition of the Coleadero Rodeo at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds was lethal: two cattle had to be put down and nine were injured -- including seven that were "de-gloved" (their tails were torn off) in an event known as steer-tailing. The rodeo happened ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    Coleadero Rodeo: After animal deaths, PETA wants event canceled, & Jeffco commish agrees

    From Channel 31 coverage.​Yesterday, we told you about the controversy over the Coleadero Rodeo, which is slated to take place at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds on Sunday even though eleven animals were hurt, and two had to be killed, following an event at the same venue on July 18. Now, Peo ... More >>

  • News

    July 15, 2010
  • Blogs

    July 13, 2010

    PETA, out to pluck Denver, files appeal on McCruelty

    ​"Not a peep," said spokeswoman Ann Williams when I asked last week if the Denver Department of Public Works had heard anything from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals after the city declared that displaying PETA's "McCruelty," a 250-pound statue of a bloodied and bandaged chicke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2010

    PETA to City of Denver: Pluck you

    ​PETA isn't chickening out on its push to put "McCruelty," a 250-pound, bloody and bandaged chicken sculpture, on the 16th Street Mall -- and today could be decision day for the City of Denver. PETA has filed all the required applications for the "temporary display of a part o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2010

    PETA's ten-worst publicity stunts -- until the chicken

    ​The City of Denver will decide today whether PETA can install a 250-pound, bloody and butchered chicken sculpture -- dubbed "McCruelty," but really looking like a worse-for-the-wear Foghorn Leghorn -- on the 16th Street Mall. This isn't PETA's first stunt, of course. Last year, Jason Sheeh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2010

    PETA: Denver is for (chicken) lovers

    PETA"Screw you, Mayor McCheese."​ By now, you've no doubt heard that PETA wants to install a bloodied-and-bandaged 250-pound, five-and-a-half-foot chicken statue on the 16th Street Mall to protest the inhumane ways that McDonald's turns chicken-shaped chickens into Shrek-shaped Chicken McNugge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    Steven Clay Romero pleads guilty to dragging Buddy the dog to death

    Steven Clay Romero: Should he be sentenced to serve time in a kennel?​Some of those designated Westword's Shmuck of the Week earn this honor for kinda silly reasons -- like, for instance, the condom website that implied Coloradans have small dicks. Not so Steven Clay Romero, named after he wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2010

    Pigs tied up, beaten at historic farm

    A photo from the Venetucci Farm website.​Stories of animal abuse don't get much stranger or more disgusting that the one involving two pigs at Venetucci Farm, a 190-acre spread near Colorado Springs that was donated to the Pikes Peak Community Foundation in 2006. According to Lieutenant Lari ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2009

    Mysteries of Sheehan's Desk: Day 10

    Another gift from PETA​ Yesterday I wrote about my favorite gift from PETA. This one's my second favorite. And yes, it is what it looks like: one of those little wind-up Easter chicks, only with its beak cut off, its eyes poked out and splashed in blood. Not real subtle, those PETA folks. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2009

    PETA protesters give Canadian-syrup boycott their seal of approval

    Be careful: Bloody syrup will stain white fur.​I'm guessing the Canadian consulate in Denver, at 1625 Broadway, isn't a frequent location for major protests -- but that changed yesterday, when PETA representatives chose it as the place to complain about Canadian seal harvests. Their approach? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2009

    Another spot of genius from PETA

    Q: What's the highest rated television show in the history of everything? A: American Idol. Q: And who is the most high-profile judge on American Idol? A: Simon Cowell. That's right.  And if there's one organization in the world that knows how to exploit celebrity (even if it happen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2009

    PETA's ten worst -- actually, make that best -- publicity stunts

    Kiernan MaletskyPETA -- the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals -- is a lot of things.  It is a political organization dedicated to saving all the cute critters on the planet.  It is a finely-tuned donation-gathering machine that preys on weepy liberals who'd rather empty thei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2009

    To the shock of no one, PETA barbecues a naked woman

    The National Cattlemen's Summer Convention is in town right now, and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals responded in a way that only PETA could: by spray-painting a naked employee red and black and having her lie on a grill outside the downtown Sheraton, where the conference is being held ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2009

    PETA proclaims Coors Field the third most vegetarian-friendly ballpark

    As if Clint Hurdle's recent dismissal by the Colorado Rockies wasn't enough to piss off rabid baseball fans, now comes word that PETA, or People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, has bestowed a decidedly unsettling honor on Coors Field -- you know, home of the foot-long Rockie hot dog -- naming ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    Quiznos gets to the meat of the matter

    It turns out that Quiznos - the carnivorous, Denver-based chain that gave us subs like the 5 Meat Stack and Prime Rib Cheesesteak, with a double-meat option - has been engaged in behind-the-scenes talks for a year with the most notorious veggie lovers of them all: PETA. (I use the term "veggie lover ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2009

    PETA in the news again: "Sea Kittens" campaign making me hungry

    There is almost nothing I can say about this that wouldn't get me picketed.  Direct from the PETA website at People don't seem to like fish. They're slithery and slimy, and they have eyes on either side of their pointy little heads--which is weird, to say the least. Plus, the smal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2008
  • News

    July 17, 2008

    Bike Naked

    From a bike ride to a meat-industry protest, summer finds Denver in a state of undress.

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2007

    Capitol Hill Billys

    Today, just before lunch, Bill Ritter was sworn in as the 41st Governor of the Colorful State of Colorado. As el jefe nuevo of our square state, Ritter would do well to take a cue from the behavior of his predecessor, the illustrious Bill Owens, during his last days in office. Last week, a few da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2006

    I PETA the Fool

    Just when you thought the JonBenet Ramsey murder case had everything -- a pint-sized beauty queen, a bogus Santa Claus, a ransom note right out of Matlock and, finally, a suspect with a yen for confessing and wearing eyeliner -- another player enters the picture. PETA. Yes, People for the Ethical ... More >>

  • News

    June 29, 2006

    Horse Play

    An animal-abuse trial ends in a surprising verdict.

  • Dining

    December 22, 2005

    Fish Story

    Raising a stink over aquarium eateries.

  • News

    May 2, 2002

    Off Limits

    Iced out

  • Dining

    December 5, 1996
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    November 28, 1996
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