Judge orders website to yank “giraffe attack” story

by Walter Olson on March 5, 2010

A judge has ordered a satirical website to remove an article about a fictional attack by a giraffe at a Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana wildlife center. The center had argued that the article was not clearly labeled as satire and had been taken for real by some readers. A lawyer for the center says his client is asking “to have the story permanently removed from the site and to prevent Hammond Action News from ever distributing it.” Having handed down a temporary restraining order, the judge will consider the permanent removal request March 15. [The Advocate; Hammond Action News]

P.S. Commentary on the story from Ken at Popehat, who links another local story reporting that president of wildlife park threatened college-student satirist with “criminal charges, FCC charges, fraud charges, an IRS complaint, a governor’s office complaint, and a federal lawsuit” (h/t commenter Doug).

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Update: judge allows “giraffe attack” spoof back on web
03.18.10 at 9:07 am


1 Bob Lipton 03.05.10 at 6:57 am

I guess the Onion is out of business.


2 Doug 03.05.10 at 8:31 am

Popehat has a good take on this as well.

3 mojo 03.08.10 at 1:56 pm

My sister was bitten by a giraffe once. No, really!

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