Stinky Zinke

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

On National Public Lands Day, September 30, 2017, EPIC held a renaming ceremony to rename all vault toilets on federal public lands “Zinkes” after Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, in recognition of the crappy way he is treating our public lands. Secretary Zinke is a bad dude. In a leaked memo to President Trump, Secretary Zinke recommended removing protections from 10 National Monuments, including our own Cascade Siskiyou National Monument. Why? Because Big Oil and Big Timber want to be able to drill and log these areas.

We encourage all of our members to take up the name. For example, you can say, “Wow, that’s a stinky Zinke,” upon encountering a particularly smelly toilet. Or before hitting the trail, you can tell your hiking partner, “Hold on, I need to hit the Zinke.” Or, if the Zinke is nearing capacity, you can let someone know, “That Zinke is full of crap.”

The name is already catching on! Our renaming ceremony was picked up by national media, including Steve Bannon’s Breitbart “news” service. Viva la toilet humor!

Activists Name Public Toilet After Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in Protest – Breitbart

Environmental groups name toilet after Interior Secretary in public lands protest – Eureka Times Standard

Humboldt Environmentalists Hold Unofficial Ceremony to Rename Vault Toilets After Trump’s Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, Encourage Public to Take a “Stinky Zinke” In His Honor – Lost Coast Outpost