Slaughter Free Network activists confronted reality TV star, restaurant entrepreneur, and animal rights activist, Lisa Vanderpump, while the Vanderpump Rules star exited Pump Restaurant on its final night (Pump is closing after being in West Hollywood for 10 years). A video submitted to WEHO TIMES shows Vanderpump trying to avoid the activist while they called her out for selling meat at her restaurants. Vanderpump was leaving PUMP and heading towards Tom Toms restaurant, another West Hollywood restaurant she co-owns.
“Lisa, why do you say you love dogs and then raise chickens to be killed?” Asked the activist while holding an image of a chicken locked in a tight cage.
“Oh my God!” Vanderpump responded, unable to hide her exasperation. “I know, I get it. I’m a vegetarian.”
"I can't fight every fight…"–Animal Rights activists confronted #VanderpumpRules star, @LisaVanderpump, for serving Jidori Chicken at her restaurants. Lisa was at Pump Restaurant on Sunday during its final night open in WeHo. @wehocity #weho #wehotimes https://t.co/FQZUNjYWZ9 pic.twitter.com/xTVWMOfp3Q
— WEHO TIMES (@WEHO_TIMES) July 3, 2023
The activist made a case that chickens are no different than dogs and she compared the The Yulin Dog Eating Festival in China, which Vanderpump has railed against, to chickens being raised to be slaughtered, so they could be eaten at her restaurants.
“I can’t fight every fight,” Vanderpump said as she made haste into the safety of Tom Tom’s Restaurant.
Activists from Slaughter Free Network also demonstrated outside of Vanderpump restaurants in West Hollywood in November of last year. They demanded that the animal rights activist stop the sale of chicken at her restaurants, specifically Jidori chicken, and replace it with a plant-based chicken.
Nathalie Pouille, who co-owns Sur restaurant down the street from PUMP, told WEHO TIMES that she removed Jidori chicken from the menu and replaced it with regular chicken, but she said she drew the line at replacing real chicken with a plant based product. “What they are trying to do is get me to sell their plant-based product, which I don’t know what that is. I respect vegans, I respect vegetarians, but this is not OK,” she said last year.
Leah Goodwin, who describes herself as an animal rights activist and organizer for Slaughter Free Network said that night that she was not harassing, nor did she have a product that she was pushing, but was simply trying to get them to change to a plant-based chicken option. She said she has been reaching out to all the owners of Sur and Pump to let them know of the cruelty that is Jidori and that she’s sent them photos on a bi-weekly basis showing them the bad conditions these animals face. “Nothing is changing despite our claims and evidence,” she said. “Supposedly Jidori is the best of the best chicken, and they say they took it off the menu. They need transition into a plant-based option.”
Slaughter Free Network alleges that Sur is still selling Jidori chicken despite it not being on the men. They say they heard it from one of their chefs.
Jidori Jidori is a Japanese homophone which translates to “from the ground”. Jidori chicken refers to a type of mixed-breed domestic free-range chicken known for what is a described as a robust flavor and it’s high price ranging from $40-$60. The original Jidori chicken began when a precious pure breed of chicken called Hinaidori was crossed with the Rhode Island Red to create Akita Hinai-jidori, with Akita referring to the prefecture of Japan, and Hinai referring to the town. The chickens are said to be fed an all-vegetarian diet, including clover, tomatoes, and apples. They are delivered the same day of slaughter, insuring freshness — so much so that Hinai-jidori chickens are served sashimi-style, meaning raw.
Vanderpump’s PUMP restaurants is closing due to an expired lease and a huge hike in rent…allegedly.