Llama Bar management responded to the petition on Facebook, saying the event had been organised without their prior knowledge or permission and the person involved had been disciplined.
“We acknowledge that the use of a petting zoo was not appropriate and we have made sure that nothing of this nature will happen in the future,” it said in a statement. Akuna Club, an external promoter that hosts events at the club, also responded and took responsibility for the event.
“After the Akuna Club page blew up last night with a lot of negativity and angry, impassioned animal activists we decided to hold off til this morning to let things cool down before attempting to offer a simple run of the facts,” Akuna Club said on Facebook.
“This was set up outside the back of the venue, and attended by roughly 20 patrons.
“There was no loud music playing at any stage over the course of this two hours, nor was there any alcohol in the vicinity of the fenced-off animal enclosure.
“And at no point were any animals taken outside of their enclosure, let alone into the venue, contrary to the petition floating around.
“At 9pm the petting zoo was packed up and the animals taken away from the venue, at which point music inside the club began playing.
“The animals were under strict supervision for the full two hours.
“The venue does not condone live animals being inside clubs or bars, and were not involved in the organising of the event, contrary to the petition.”
The statement continued: “It’s so important in situations like this to gather factual information and not just make assumptions before you start harassing anyone involved in the photos, or the Petting Zoo company themselves.
“To personally attack people who had photos taken of them while engaging in a service that was provided for them in much the same way it’s provided for children and people of all ages on a daily basis goes against your supposed moral code of trying to look after all living creatures. ”…that is, naïve to assume that vocal animal rights loons have a moral code that encompasses all living creatures (it excludes humans, for the most part).
And also that they care about the facts!
H/T: Matt Hayden via Twitter