By Ben Turner via SWNS
The "bonkers" proposal came days after pub landlord Christo Tofalli, 53, announced he was leaving the 1,300-year-old boozer due to financial difficulties caused by the pandemic.
Ye Olde Fighting Cocks' parent company is currently looking for a new landlord.
Now, PETA - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - is seizing the moment to demand a "21st-century revamp" of the pub, which dates back to 793AD and once hosted Oliver Cromwell.
Activists say the pub's name "calls to mind the violence and cruelty of a hideous blood sport that has been outlawed in the UK for more than a century."
They have suggested Ye Olde Clever Cocks as a new name, as well as The Cheery Chooks and The Happy Hens.
Campaigners are also demanding the pub, which served classic British grub, adopt a fully plant-based menu.
The open letter, penned by PETA's vegan chief Dawn Carr, calls on pub company Mitchells & Butlers to "bring the pub into the 21st century" with the changes.
But local punters have ridiculed the proposals for undermining the boozer's history.
Caroline Thain wrote on Facebook: "As an eco aware animal loving human, there’s no way they should change the name.
"Why don’t they put their time, energy and other resources into helping real animal cruelty and leave history and heritage which speaks truth - light and dark - to crack on?!"
Debbie Lynn agreed: "Not everyone wants to eat vegan food. Why change a historical pub name."
In a simple defiant comment, Rachael Longley wrote: "Bonkers. Why is it even any of their business."
Other residents threatened to boycott the pub if it adopted PETA's proposals.
Steph Herbst Farley wrote: "If it goes all vegan I’m not going."
Rob Tillotson added: "Bunch of idiots, pub in crisis, lets alienate it even more with a menu for what, less than a quarter of the areas population?"
Mitchells & Butlers was contacted for comment.
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