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KFC’s Colonel Gets Axed–Literally

Written by PETA | March 20, 2009

Colonel Sanders got a taste of his own medicine when PETA marked the Association of Kentucky Fried Chicken Franchisees Convention in Maryland last month by “slaughtering” the Colonel outside a nearby KFC restaurant.

Luckily for the brave actor portraying Colonel Sanders, our slaughter methods are a bit more humane than those employed by KFC’s suppliers. The Colonel was not slammed into shackles (which often breaks birds’ legs), he wasn’t jolted by an electrified “stun bath,” and he wasn’t dunked into a scalding-hot defeathering tank. Nope—we just strung him up, poked him with a plastic knife, and let the red paint fly. But it made a darned nice visual, didn’t it?


Notta Nugget prepares for battle.
KFC demo 1


My, what big orange feet you have!
KFC demo 2


He seems to be enjoying this a little too much …
KFC demo 3

Written by Alisa Mullins

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  • kimberliegh novak says:

    wow loved it i really hope that gave people an idea what chickens go through!that should of gave them an idea!

  • kimberliegh novak says:

    wow!i hope that really made the costomers of kuntucky fried chickens think about how much suffering the chickens go through but ithink kuntucky fred murder should open their eyes a bit more and smell the cofee man!i hope some kind of karma will hit them in the face good job guys!

  • melanie! says:

    i love this! i am never going to KFC again! i can’t even believe they do thatt!!!!!

  • gemma says:

    well tbh i think KFC are out of order for what they do to the sweet inicent little chickens! they havent done anything wrong to KFC! yeah we have to kill to eat but they dont hve to do it in a cruel heartless way! they deserve a life tooo. this groupclubband is doing a great job and i surpport you all the way

  • Michele says:

    Rohan there would not be “a world of excess diseaseridden poultry” if people stopped eating chickens because there would be no more need to BREED them you idiot! Right now you are merely eating diseaseridden poultry yeah check out some of the books about Bird Flu and find out all of the yummy things you are eating when you devour chicken….

  • Joanne says:

    Oh my gosh THE LADIES ARE so brave and FANTASTIC!!!!!

  • Saucy says:

    I like it! I like it alot! Love it when you guys make me laugh. RohanBlack take your flak somewhere else. You are a mindless moran. This is not the bird cookingculling channel. Notice the chicken at the top of the page. OOOOOOOOOOOhhhhhhhhhhhh when the chickens come home to roost. That’s going to be a very bad day for the BLOOD SUCKING VAMPIRES.

  • RohanBlack says:

    So… exactly how are they meant to prepare the chicken before it is to be cooked? Or are you saying that chickens should not be killed for food? That’d be nice… a world of excess diseaseridden poultry. You would have to cull the animals and keep their numbers down to help sustain their ecosystem and the ecosystem of many other animals. What would be better? Killing the animals because there are too many or killing the animals for food? Hmmm.


    OMG! KFC kills and defeathers its chickens before it cooks them?? thats sick.

  • Nick says:

    I wish I had my own mascot of Nugget so I could protest on Halloween. Nice job you guys

  • jackie says:

    Yes! That felt GREAT! Karma baby is a B! I am not a violent person! However sometimes you have to get the point on target! In this case it felt like the message is clear. “As ye sew shall ye reap!” and furthurmore it is nothing at all close the the savergery the kentucky fried GREED mongers are doing to rthe beautiful HELPLESS cretures! KarmaIts time! jackie in seattle

  • Cassie says:

    I always new that they were doing something to their chickens… I also heard that they stomp on their chicken to catch them…Have you ever gotten a broken check leg? That’s why!

  • Brien Comerford says:

    The mistreatment trauma torture abuse and bloody deaths that chickens are subjected to are unpardonable transgressions perpetrated by mankind.

  • Mary Seeley says:

    I LOVE IT! How inventive and shocking if that doesn’t turn people away from KFC nothing will!!! Thank God got PETA rock on!!!

  • viaS says:

    whats really crazy I just had KFC about 12 hours prior to reading about this and now I really feel BAD!

  • Phyllis says:

    When this took place in Atlanta in front of a huge crowd everyone was watching and almost everyone was taking a photo with their cell phones. Very effective action and fun too!

  • Diandra says:

    Hell yea staright foward is the way to go to get your point across. LOVE IT!!

  • Lisa Bland says:

    I like it I signed a petition a few years ago against KFC and how they kill their chickens. Every time someone mentions eating KFC I tell them not to go there…

  • Gina says:

    YAY! I can’t believe I ever went to that place ugh it’s a shame. I hope more people learn about KFC and help put it out of business that way those little chickens will be saved

  • Amber McIntosh - Dona says:

    I love this! What a great way to get the message out there! I’m on my way to converting nearly all my friends to vegeterianism!! Is there anything like this being done in New Zealand?? Amber

  • lizzy hadnum says:

    cool demo guys hate kfc arghhhhh

  • kayla shaw says:

    That was a pretty snazzy idea I must say!!! You should do it allot more! I wish I could help! Sincerely Kayla Shaw

  • Aneliese says:

    haha I love it!

  • sarah kearney says:

    fair play to u all

  • tessa says:

    i think thats great!

  • Lindsey says:

    Ha ha that’s funny… hey do you know why nobody showed up at KFC on Medina RD. in Akron Ohio? I was there to protest but nobody else was.

  • DET says:

    The title is misleading. Col. Sanders was not “literally” axed inasmuch as he’s been dead many years and a “standin” or “hangin” had to be “axed” in his place.

  • cyndi says:

    Thats fine! i wish they can do the same her ein China Beijing! and other parts of the country!! Ppl have to do stuff like that to make everybody aware of this and those who enjoy meat when they dont even care how the chickenbullduckpig died!! THey eat the meat of an animals who has suffered and moaned so badly!! i for one have boycot kfc and im not buying anything that contains meat from Mc D’s!!! here in beijing

  • Ashley the vegetarian ^_^ says:

    This is great. FANTASTIC JOB! I hope this got a lot of people’s attention and opened their eyes. You guys have once again saved the day. Ashley

  • Cat! =^-^= says:

    Ummmm…. I usually love the workdemonstrations that you guys at PETA do but I think the message we want to send here is NONVIOLENCE. And we certainly don’t want to associate a sense of killing or revenge for any living being with PETA or other animal lovers. I understand that you’re trying to relay a message of karma here but I really think there are much more tasteful ways of doing it… and you have done better campaigns than this in the past PETA.