Dina Kourda has turned up on this site extolling the virtues of a plant-free diet, warning of the negative environmental consequences of factory farming and damning a local restaurant that served foie gras. But the latest campaign by the board member of Orange County People for Animals, the Animal Protection & Rescue League and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is arguably the most unique she has ever undertaken.
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Kourda, on behalf of PETA, sent a letter to the city of Irvine's street maintenance superintendent asking him to install the following sign:
“This spot” is the intersection of Yale and Walnut avenues, the site of a crash involving a truck that spilled its payload of 1,600 pounds of live saltwater bass bound for market.
The city says erecting the sign on public property is unlikely. Then again, it is an election year . . .
It's believed the proposed fish sign was inspired by an Illinois animal group's unsuccessful attempt to get memorial postings along a highway honoring cattle killed in two separate truck accidents there.
By the way, Kourda's other claim to near-fame is being a huge fan of the band Duran Duran. She calls herself a “Vegan Duranie” on her @ocvegan Twitter page, which features this profile photo:
Who covered “Hungry Like a Wolf” on the 1997 Duran Duran tribute album? Reel Big Fish, of course. It all comes full circle, baby!
Matt Coker has been engaging, enraging and entertaining readers of newspapers, magazines and websites for decades. He spent the first 13 years of his career in journalism at daily newspapers before “graduating” to OC Weekly in 1995 as the paper’s first calendar editor. He went on to be managing editor, executive editor and is now senior staff writer.