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Kentucky Fried Chicken Protest

Monthly Kentucky Fried Chicken protest will be Saturday January 7th at KFC located at NE 7th and Weidler St. 11:30 to 1:00. Carpooling available to join Schumacher Fur protest afterwards for anyone able to attend both protests.
An 2004 investigative video filmed at a KFC supplying slaughterhouse in Moorefield West Virginia showed workers stomping on chickens, ripping beaks off, twisting heads off, spitting tobacco into eyes, spray-painting faces, and squeezing them so hard feces were expelled. These animals were alive and conscious. Still KFC continues its cruelty. 736 Million chickens per year are subjected to painful debeaking with a hot blade, electrified and scalding water bath while still alive, and other cruel practices.
The Colonel has got to go. Please join us to protest and educate the public.

More Kentucy Info 06.Jan.2006 16:11

Joe Anybody iam@joe-anybody.com

First I heard of this!
Any more info readily available into these allegations?

And just curious any suggestions as to what is the answer to this abuse or is there "other" ways that are less violent than alive with a hot knife and scalding water?
The other accusations are intolerable....does KFC management care or what do they say about this?.......

I know I can research this my self ...just thought since a protest is line
there might be some info handy

Thanks just an Average Joe trying to stay informed.

Hi Joe! 06.Jan.2006 17:29


You will find the undercover videos on  http://www.kfccruelty.com Please watch them, to learn why people are putting pressure on KFC.

And the answer to your other question about "less cruel" (because killing creatures who don't want to die cannot rightfully be called "humane") ways to kill chickens should be found there as well.


Thanks for the Information & Link 06.Jan.2006 17:43

Joe A.

I will check this out!
Much appreciate the effort put forth!

I will research this and help pass the information along!
Thanks for the enlightment!

Striving For Truth .....J.A.

and on the 8th, get redy for Peta PR street theater in New York 06.Jan.2006 18:23

peta website

Group Declares Local Fast-Food Restaurant 'Closed for Cruelty' Over Abusive Treatment of Animals

For Immediate Release:
January 6, 2006

Lindsay Rajt 757-622-7382

New York City — PETA will be beefing up its campaign against fried-chicken giant KFC because of its abusive treatment of chickens. On Sunday, PETA members will descend on a local KFC, cordon off the area with yellow crime-scene tape, and declare the store "closed for cruelty." One member, wearing a police costume, will "arrest" a "blood"-spattered, knife-wielding "Col. Sanders"—caught red-handed holding a butchered "chicken"—for his role in crippling and torturing 850 million chickens each year. Other people will hold huge signs that show chickens as they suffer from broken wings and legs, have their beaks cut off, and are scalded to death in defeathering tanks:

Date: Sunday, January 8
Time: 2 p.m.
Place: KFC, 331 Sixth Ave., at W. Fourth Street

Chickens are excluded from the only federal law that protects farmed animals—the Humane Slaughter Act. KFC drugs and breeds chickens to grow so large that many become crippled from the weight of their massive upper bodies, slits their throats, and scalds them to death in defeathering tanks—all while they are still conscious. An undercover investigation at a KFC "Supplier of the Year" slaughterhouse in Moorefield, W.Va., revealed that workers were stomping on live birds, tearing their heads off, spitting tobacco in their eyes, and spray-painting their faces. KFC ignored the advice of its own animal welfare advisors, including five who have since resigned out of frustration. Former KFC advisor Adele Douglass told the Chicago Tribune that KFC "never had any meetings. They never asked any advice, and then they touted to the press that they had this animal-welfare advisory committee. I felt like I was being used."

PETA attempted to work with KFC executives prior to launching its "Kentucky Fried Cruelty" Campaign, but the company refuses to eliminate the worst abuses that the 850 million chickens it sells each year suffer. PETA has had high-profile support from Nobel Peace Prize winner His Holiness the Dalai Lama, rock icons Sir Paul McCartney and Chrissie Hynde, actors Pamela Anderson and Bea Arthur, and civil rights leaders The Rev. Al Sharpton, Alice Walker, Kweisi Mfume, Dick Gregory, and Dr. Cornel West.

"KFC stands for cruelty in our book," says PETA Director of Vegan Campaigns Bruce Friedrich. "If KFC employees abused cats or dogs the way they abuse chickens, they could be thrown in prison for felony charges of cruelty to animals."

For more information, please visit PETA's Web site KentuckyFriedCruelty.com.


My early life in the industrial poultry industry... reminiscing. 07.Jan.2006 11:45

Anonymous Peacefilms@mac.com

I find myself at 51 years old spending most of my time as a social justice cameraperson/editor for public access in Portland and Vancouver, with occasional keynotes going to Free Speech TV to pay for expenses.
I trace the roots of my social consciousness to having worked in the industrial poulty industry as a young man. My grandfather started the original Jennie O. turkey processing plant and was the father of the poultry industry in the midwest.
As the oldest grandson I was expected to take over the business. The turkey processing business had been sold off years earlier, so I would be working in the chicken (layer) end of the poultry industry.
My grandfather had started his career by building his own incubator at 16 years of age and selling baby chicks to small farmers. I started my career at 16 years of age by being thrown into the vast industrial chicken barns. Never mind that I owned the damned things, that is where I landed. I will forever be grateful to my elders who tossed me into that fray. I'm not sure they realized what they were doing as none of them had ever worked in the big layer barns. To this day none of them can relate to the larger picture that I live by and that motivates me daily to film social justice. To me it is as if they are still fast asleep and I can only wonder at the depth of that sleep I myself was once in.
To put it simply, chickens were not life. In no way did anything in the industrial culture point to the birds as living, sentient beings. The bird's day to day living conditions were horrendous but not questioned. We were told not to cut off tongues while debeaking. But question the debeaking? We were told to not break legs while holding six chickens upside down by one foot as we hauled them to the semi truck which brought the "spent hens" to the Campbell's soup processing plant in St James. We were not to break their legs because the bird would die before it got to the slaughterhouse and would be worthless. I remember the birds stretching up and trying to bite my ungloved hands. "Spent hens" was the language of profit. Their existence was that of an egg laying machine and now they were "spent". I broke plenty of legs. Everything from debeaking to hauling spent hens was rushed.
John Robbin's book, "Diet For A New America", does an excellent job of explaining the inner working of the poultry industry. I remember reading his book later in my life and being amazed that someone could understand how it really was without having actually spent four years doing all the nasty jobs. John did an outstanding job but in actuality it was worse than he described. If the chickens were commodities, so were the workers. The industrial farming industry didn't care about either.
Now a unique thing happened to me during my 3rd year of working in the barns. As my immediate family owned the business and by this time I had graduated from high school, one day I found myself not getting up to go to work in the barns. I was instead told to dress up and my father drove us to Minneapolis where we boarded a jet to Atlanta. There we wined and dined with the "greats" in the poultry industry. I sat in meetings on end, always in the nicest hotels. Sometimes we jetted to two, three cities in one trip. Always the nicest accomodations.
My father used to comment that it was the chicken farmers out there who were paying for all of this. I really didn't have a clue at that time as to what all the meetings were about but I do distinctly remember that comment. I also distinctly remember meeting with a top advertising agency in yet another four star hotel in Atlanta. The issue was how to sell eggs in the face of the new cholesterol controversy. I remember there was absolutely no concern over the health of the indviduals who would consume the eggs. Health didn't enter the picture. The goal was to retain a market. The presentation concerned how the egg was held in the woman's hand in the commercial. Psycologically it was appealing to the woman's mothering instincts. The commercial would sell eggs.
What made the above arrangement unique in my experience as a young man is that one day I would be walking through an endlessly long chicken barn, my eyes burning from ammonia, looking for dead chickens on the rotten wooden slates... the idea being to find them before they turned green. Literally the next day, I would be winging my way to some grand hotel to partake in the life of the richest men in the poultry business. Then a week later I'd be back in the barns. Then suddenly scooped up again.
Soon after the above related events, I found myself standing in a Radisson Hotel in Minneapolis. I noticed protesters outside. I spun around to get a better look. There was Henry Kissinger entering the hotel only a few feet away. My heart was pounding as I once again looked at the protesters....their signs said something about Cyprus..... I knew where I belonged.
Post Script: The 1973 oil embargo found the family poultry business in ruins as it had just been sold to a holding company in Chicago whose investments hadn't predicted current events. I didn't have to make a choice as did John Robbins about not taking my share of the family's wealth. I was broke but I had woken up.

Righting wrong... 07.Jan.2006 11:51


Well it is too bad how these animals are treated. Good target for protest.

brutality 07.Jan.2006 12:51


god sake! those animals are much more humane then peoples..
go on and raise your voice against KFC.
and thanks for the video link, strong and effective to open eyes.

Huge severed heads on hooks 09.Jan.2006 08:11


After writing about my experience of coming of age in the industrial poultry industry the other day, my thougths drifted back to the time my parents brought our family to Omaha for a vacation in the very early sixties. I was probably in the first grade or so.
We toured two factories while in Omaha. One was a potato chip factory where the chips were bouncing around on conveyer belts. Just wanted to eat them all. Samples were probably given out. A regular kid field trip for a kid in the United States I suspect.
This is where things went weird. The next factory was a cattle slaughter house. As we went on the tour my young mind watched everything keenly and I was sorely disappointed when the leader of the tour said the tour would skip the area where the heads of the cattle were sliced off ( I assumed live) as their were too many kids in the group.
But my time was coming. Being an adventurous kid even then, I wandered away from the group into a long rectangular room with a concrete walkway. I walked into this room and have never really been the same since I don't think.
To the right of the concrete walkway were the severed heads of dozens of cattle hung on huge hooks.
I stopped dead in my tracks and stared as the eyes of the cattle lollied around in their sockets as if they were looking at me. As far as I could see, disembodied heads on hooks were looking around.
I stood there for 5 minutes or so totally absorbed..... trying to come to terms with what was before me. My mind and eyes kept going back to the concept and reality of huge severed heads on hooks. Heads of huge gentle creatures whose large eyes kept rolling and rolling in their sockets.
Soon the group found me.
It would be a decade until poultry entered my life in a direct way. The industrial farming industry produced an activist against the corporate state just as every second in that long cold slaughter house room produced an activitst against the corporate state.

class project 09.Jan.2006 19:15


omg...im doing a project for sociology about a.l.f and i found this while i was researching...i know that something as intense as this will get the classes attention.....

KFC animal welfare guidelines 20.Jan.2006 19:18


LOVE KFC 11.Apr.2007 13:56

iaint tellinu

yall are bunch of panzies and tree huggers, those guys in the video are not stomping on the chickens, there just putting it out of its misery. the chicken was going to get killed anyways. Humans kill humans and so they will kill anything else.
after all i dont care for the video and what you stand for. animals are animals and the term inhumane does not apply to them as they are not humans. whats next youre going to protest not to stomp on the next roach that i see running across my living room, please. if you dont like it dont eat the chicken or beef or whatever turns your weak stomach. chickens are food not pets, i have no problem with what i saw and our lawmakers see it the same way, otherwise they would have passed a law by now or even shutdown KFC. just my two cents.

Where has the human consience gone??? 29.Jan.2008 23:25


It was so sad to see the state that the chickens were handled. Just because the bird cant speak, does not mean they should be treated in this appaling fashion. Dont the men who handle the chicks have any heart or consience when they do what they do. Is money all this work thinks of???
Its is downright disgusting that KFC have allowed this to happen and the management have to be downright ashamed of themselves for not seeing the appaling conditions of the chickens. About time they get off their high horses and do something about it.