PROTESTER HITS RODEO QUEEN WITH TOFU `PIE'; PETA MEMBER DETAINED BRIEFLY.Byline: Associated Press Associated Press: see news agency.
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Minutes after being crowned Miss Rodeo America 2000, Brandy DeJongh of Leona Valley had a chocolate tofu tofu
Soft, bland, custardlike food product made from soybeans. Believed to date from China's Han dynasty (206 BC–AD 220), tofu is today an important source of protein in the cuisines of East and Southeast Asia. ``cow pie'' smashed in her face.
Dawn Carr, a member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is an international nonprofit organization that supports Animal Rights and has spawned a tremendous amount of conflict and controversy from its inception. , was briefly detained after the pie-throwing Saturday at the Flamingo Hotel. Also detained was Miss Rodeo America's father, Dana DeJongh, a Los Angeles police officer.
``He's a proud papa, and he did what he had to do to protect me,'' the 21-year-old DeJongh of Leona Valley, said. ``It's such a special day, and I'm not going to let something like this bother me. I just washed it off.''
Neither Carr nor the elder DeJongh were in custody Sunday at the Clark County jail. It was unknown whether they were cited for any violation.
Arlene Kensinger, Miss Rodeo America coordinator, said it was the first time PETA Quadrillion (10 to the 15th power). See space/time. has protested its pageant. The group annually protests the National Finals Rodeo The National Finals Rodeo, organized by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, is the premier championship rodeo event in the United States. Wrangler Jeans is the title sponsor for the 10-day event, commonly just called the National Finals or NFR, which is also sometimes , claiming the sport exploits animals.
The pageant is held in conjunction with the National Finals Rodeo, which brings the top cowboys to Las Vegas for 10 nights of competition.
PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said in a statement that DeJongh should turn in her crown for promoting cruelty to animals cruelty to animals n. the crime of inflicting physical pain, suffering or death on an animal, usually a tame one, beyond necessity for normal discipline. It can include neglect that is so monstrous (withholding food and water) that the animal has suffered, died or .
``Now that she's got pie on her face, we hope Miss Rodeo America will find a little compassion in her heart,'' Newkirk said.
DeJongh, who owns two quarterhorses, said she won't change her mind.
``Everyone's entitled to their own opinion,'' she said.