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    Animal Rights Activists Protest Lisa Vanderpump WeHo Restaurants for Serving Jidori Chicken

    Animal rights activist protested outside of Lisa Vanderpump restaurants in West Hollywood Thursday evening demanding that the animal rights activists stop the sale of chicken at her restaurants, specifically Jidori chicken, and replace it with a plant-based chicken. The group was part of Slaughter Free Network, which is a network of activists around the world campaigning for a slaughter free, plant-based food system.

    A group of about ten protesters stood outside Sur Restaurant, located at 606 N Robertson Blvd at around 6pm. The group was small, but effectively loud, holding up sign with photos of tortured chickens and yelling into bullhorns at diners inside Sur. “Lisa Vanderpump, shame, shame, shame on you and what you do!” They chanted. “Hey Lisa Vanderpump, what do you say? How many chickens bled today?”

    Protest at Sur Restaurant West Hollywood -Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES

    Nathalie Pouille, the co-owner at Sur tells WEHO TIMES that the group has been harassing her for months demanding that the restaurant remove all chicken from Sur’s menu and replace it with plant-based chicken. “I got to the point where I removed Jidori chicken from the menu and I just have regular chicken because it is my right,” she said. “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.”

    When asked why Sur Restaurant was being targeted when there is a Mexican restaurant that just opened next door that also serves chicken, Pouille said she believes Lisa Vanderpump’s celebrity status makes her a target. “Of course, they are targeting Lisa,” she said. “She’s a name and they hope that by targeting her, it will give them publicity. I don’t want to give them attention.”

    Protest at Pump Restaurant West Hollywood -Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES

    Leah Goodwin, who describes herself as an animal rights activist and organizer for Slaughter Free Network says she is not harassing, nor does she have a product that she is pushing, but is 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.”

    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.

    Protest at Pump Restaurant West Hollywood -Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES

    After protesting at Sur Restaurant, the demonstrators rallied at Pump Restaurant located at 8948 Santa Monica Blvd., They called out statements demanding that Lisa Vanderpump care about all animals, not just dogs, referring to Vanderpump’s advocacy through her Vanderpump Dogs Foundation, which focuses on finding homes for dogs.

    The reality star is known for her dog rescue efforts. Through Vanderpump Dogs, she also hosts World Dog Day in the City of West Hollywood, which celebrates dogs while raising awareness about global dog abuse, including the Yulin Dog Meat Festival. The Vanderpump Dog Foundation has rescued and adopted more than 2,300 dogs to their forever homes domestically, and hundreds more internationally.

    “Why does Lisa have compassion for one animal, but none for other animals?” Goodwin asked. “She should denounce serving chicken completely. I truly believe she’s a hypocrite, but hopefully she will come around.”

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    Paulo Murillo
    Paulo Murillohttps://wehotimes.com
    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at editor@wehotimes.com
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    kab1200
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    14 days ago

    How absurd. This is not a protest, but rather a mobster mentality. She should sue them for harassment.

    Pamela
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    15 days ago

    All of these people, so proud of themselves and feeling entitled to enslave and murder other species. Wake up already you barbaric heartless disgusting excuses for human beings. Lisa Vanderpump you are only intelligent for money.

    “In their behavior toward creatures, all men are Nazis. Human beings see oppression vividly when they’re the victims. Otherwise they victimize blindly and without a thought.” ~ Isaac Bashevis Singer, author, Nobel Prize 1978

    ahimsa42
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    15 days ago

    If you think your taste buds are so incredibly important that their pleasure outweighs the entire life and suffering of an innocent being, I don’t even know how you can get offended when people question your morals. I used to be you. I used to turn a blind eye to the suffering of animals for my food, clothing, entertainment and household items. I used to tell myself that animals didn’t matter, that my needs far exceeded the needs of some chicken in a factory. Humans are superior, at least that is what I thought. And then I could no longer… Read more »

    Enough!
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    25 days ago

    Lisa, this is America. You serve what you want to serve and what your customers want. I love your Chicken Milanese, and I hope you keep it on the menu. If they don’t want to eat chicken, no one is forcing them to. They need to stop this harassment. 

    ahimsa42
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    15 days ago

    “The real struggle in being vegan doesn’t involve food. The hardest part about being vegan is coming face-to-face with the darker side of humanity and trying to remain hopeful. It’s trying to understand why otherwise good and caring people continue to participate in needless violence against animals – just for the sake of their own pleasure or convenience.” –Jo Tyler

    kab1200
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    14 days ago

    Animals eat animals, so there you go. Take you soapbox somewhere else.

    Nick
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    26 days ago

    PUMP used to be my go-to because they’d allow underage drinking when I was 19. But, with age comes the capacity for critical thought… I will no longer be supporting Lisa’s establishments. Thanks for the coverage

    Last edited 26 days ago by Nick
    kab1200
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    14 days ago

    You are ridiculous. What a spoiled brat. Talk about entitlement. You should be arrested for buying drinks when not of legal age.

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