Animal Rights Activists Are Protesting the Brennan’s Turtle Races

Animal rights activists will gather Thursday evening, March 21, at Brennan’s Pub in Marina Del Rey to protest the bar’s turtle racing. Representatives from In Defense of Animals, Los Angeles Animal Defense League, and Los Angeles for Animals are expected to attend.

Turtle racing has a long history at Brennan’s which has been hosting the races for 49 years. Every first and third Thursday, turtles enter the ring and race in front of bar patrons. The bar’s website refers to the races as “the world’s stupidest sport.” Onlookers are invited to bet on the races but the rules forbid pointing at the turtles, boo-ing the turtles, and touching the turtles. Eater LA has reached out to Brennan’s for comment.

In a statement regarding the protest, Brittany Michelson, Campaign Specialist for Captive Animals at In Defense of Animals said, “Turtles are not toys.” The goal of the protest is to urge Brennan’s and its operating partner, Artisanal Brewers Collective, to end the turtle races and replace them with something that doesn’t involve live animals.

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