While doing a Lexis-Nexis search for another article, I came across a report from the Daily Telegraph earlier in the year about a minor event which nonetheless speaks volumes about animal rights’ groups preferred method of discourse. The Daily Telegraph reported in January that Bruce Friedrich became upset with London mayor Ken Livingstone and threw a glass of water into Livingstone’s face after the mayor mocked Friedrich’s concerns.
Friedrich, a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals‘ activist, was attending a press conference being held in Washington, D.C., by the visiting mayor. Friedrich attempted to question Livingstone about a new policy which banned the selling of pigeon-feed in London’s Trafalgar Square.
Apparently having had enough of Friedrich’s animal rights pitch, Livingstone replied that he expected “to be up before a war crimes tribunal for his treatment of the pigeons” any day. At that point, according to the Daily Telegraph, “Mr Friedrich rose from his chair and threw a glass of water into Mr Livingstone’s face.”
Pigeon food protester tips water over Livingstone. Ben Fenton, The Daily Telegraph (London), January 19, 2001.
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