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01/07/2003 "PETA Targets KFC"


Chickens are inquisitive and interesting animals and are thought to be at least as intelligent as dogs or cats. See this website and click on The Zen of Hens.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.

Chickens raised 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%u2019s 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. Click here for a brief history of why PETA is targeting KFC.


Chicken and egg

PCRM is known to promote a vegan lifestyle and alternatives to animal research. It also encourages a diet free of milk, claiming it contains substantial levels of fat, cholesterol, growth hormones and chemicals.

The gist of its lawsuit has to do with two advertising campaigns by Tyson, one of which claims Tyson chicken products are "all natural" and another that advises consumers to eat chicken "as often as you like" as a way of protecting health.

On the contrary, said PCRM, the chicken-raising industry is unhealthy all around. "From the time the egg is laid it's given medicine. When it hatches, it gets more medicine, and then it goes into a factory farm with tens of thousands of other chickens. Disease runs rampant," said Ukryn.

To prevent illness, he said the chickens are given antibiotics in their feed, and when one chicken is found to be sick the entire flock is given a higher dosage. Giving the antibiotics often and at low dosages facilitates the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Plucking a few more feathers, PCRM pointed to a recent Consumer Reports test of 484 fresh whole broilers and found the bacteria Campylobacter, the leading cause of food-poisoning nationwide, present in 42 percent of the chickens. Tyson chickens were noted as having a higher incidence of the bacteria, which is responsible for 1.1 million to 7 million food-borne infections and 110 to 1,000 deaths each year.

PRCM is not seeking monetary compensation in its lawsuit, but would like Tyson to remove advertisements from magazines and TV. A court could also rule Tyson must start a public-information campaign stating that certain conditions in which its chickens are raised might cause consumers to become sick. ..........MORE


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