By Karin Bennett
I've never understood why some bars and restaurants line their establishments with dead heads—and I don't mean the tie-die type. I'm referring to the stuffed heads of animals. No amount of Zinfandel can ease the anxiety and sadness I feel under the glassy-eyed stare of a dead moose or deer head. Ugh.
Now it's the owners of said bars and eateries who are feeling anxious about those dead heads. A Manhattan hot spot, White Slab Palace, has been slapped with a lawsuit by a patron who claims she suffered a concussion and chronic neck pain after a 150-pound moose head fell on hers—noggin, that is.
With the New Year in full-swing (and lawsuits looming in the background), now is the perfect time to ditch the dead animal décor and go faux. PETA has written to the National Restaurant Association and offered to send free animal-friendly replicas made of cardboard or plastic to bars and restaurants that decide to 86 dead (animal) heads from their establishments.
PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk points out, "Few sights are more off-putting at dinner than a dead head looming over the plate, and who wants to be reminded of blood sports while they're sipping a Bloody Mary." Hear, hear! I couldn't agree more. How about you?