In Defense of Animals & PETA will be protesting in front of the KFC as part of an international campaign launched in January after letters appealing to the corporation that supplies KFC and other chains, to stop the overcrowding and use of gas and stun guns.
The more people we have, the better the message gets across. So please make time to come protest with us against this evil giant. Some signs will be provided.
Chickens are inquisitive and interesting animals and are thought to be at least as intelligent as dogs or cats. When in natural surroundings, not on factory farms, they form friendships and social hierarchies, recognize one another, love their young, and enjoy a full life, dust bathing, making nests, roosting in trees, and more.
The more than 700 million chickens raised each year for KFC aren't able to do any of these things. They are crammed by the tens of thousands into sheds that stink of ammonia fumes from accumulated waste; they are given barely even room to move (each bird lives in the amount of space equivalent to a standard sheet of paper). They routinely suffer broken bones from being bred to be top heavy, from callous handling (workers roughly grab birds by their legs and stuff them into crates) and from being shackled upside down at slaughterhouses. Chickens are often still fully conscious as their throats are cut or when they are dumped into tanks of scalding hot water to remove their feathers. When they're killed, chickens are still babies, not yet two months old, out of a natural life span of 10-15 years.
In May of 2001, KFC's parent company, Yum Brands, Inc. assured PETA that it intended to "raise the bar" on animal welfare; yet, to date, KFC has done nothing to address some of the most egregious animal cruelty in the chicken industry. We need your help to convince KFC to take some key steps to reduce the worst suffering.