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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
FlickrThere's a reason raccoons wear masks. They're natural bandits. But there's a better way of dealing with such a rapscallion than beating him to death with a bat and then skewering him with a machete -- which is precisely what three students, including Nicholas Foti (whose Facebook page f ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
A Flickr photoFor 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 >>
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).
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 >>
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 >>
Ben Gabbe/Getty ImagesPETA may be blocked-- at least for now -- from erecting a chicken statue in the middle of the 16th Street Mall here in Denver, but the group managed to pull off a pretty gruesome stunt yesterday in New York City. Around noon, nearly naked protesters covered themselves w ... More >>
"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 >>
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 sculpture...as part o ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
There is almost nothing I can say about this that wouldn't get me picketed. Direct from the PETA website at www.peta.org: 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 >>
From a bike ride to a meat-industry protest, summer finds Denver in a state of undress.
An animal-abuse trial ends in a surprising verdict.
Raising a stink over aquarium eateries.