The PETA freaks are going after a pub because it’s offensive to…chickens. Yes, you read that correctly.

Mirror – Britain’s oldest pub is under to pressure to change its name – Ye Olde Fighting Cocks – from an animal rights group.

They say the eighth century boozer in St Albans, Hertfordshire, should be renamed to Ye Olde Clever Cocks to “reflect compassion for animals”.

But regulars at the pub – listed as Britain’s oldest by Guinness World Records – say the idea is bonkers.

Since it was founded in the eighth century, the pub in Abbey Mill Lane has had many names, but since 1872 it has been called Ye Olde Fighting Cocks because of its history of cockfighting – a sport banned in the UK in the 1800s.

But in a letter sent to the pub on Monday, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) urges the pub to update its name to Ye Olde Clever Cocks – in recognition of society’s growing compassion for animals.

PETA director Mimi Bekhechi said: “Changing the name would reflect today’s rejection of needless violence and help celebrate chickens as the intelligent, sensitive and social animals they are.

“Today, kind people are appalled by the thought of forcing birds to fight to the death and more people than ever are making the compassionate choice not to eat chickens, either.”

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