Park Police have decided to station at least one officer outside each of The Park’s grooming houses on Sunday, May 31, the day of the second annual Fowl Ball.[pullquote]Quite frankly, as an Animal in business, I am offended by this aggressive move.—Wellington Whistlepig, President, Park Association of Shops and Services .[/pullquote]
The decision was announced this afternoon in the following communiqué:
“In an effort to prevent a repeat of last year’s difficulties, and after consultation with the Archons and with the Department of Well-Being and Safety (DWBS), Park Police have taken the decision to station at least one officer outside each grooming house during the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.”
Grooming house owners were swift to react to the communiqué.
“This is outrageous,” said Tano Pagun, co-owner of The Pluming Room.
“I don’t understand why they consulted with the Archons and the DWBS, but they didn’t consult with us,” said Tallulah, owner of Tallulah’s Toilettage, the grooming house at which 68 Animals were injured in last Spring’s “stampede.”
“We don’t want police at our door,” she said. “We have businesses to run and our clients are not going to feel comfortable with this situation.”
Amoltrud Poedel, owner of Amoltrud’s Aesthetics, echoed that sentiment and went even further:
“We dealt with this ourselves, subsequent to the disaster last year, in an open and honest fashion. We worked with PASS [Park Asssociation of Shops and Services), held public consultations, and announced our findings along with our report. We had no problems during the Park Interspecial Film Festival (PIFF) and, up until now, we considered the matter closed,” she said.
Wellington Whistlepig, current PASS President, agrees.
“We worked with the grooming houses, before and after the report was released, to make sure they had adequate resources and employees for big events such as this. I see no reason to involve the police ahead of time and, quite frankly, as an Animal in business, I am offended by this aggressive move,” he said.