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A Musical KFC Protest

Written by PETA | July 6, 2011

Say you’re an edgy, rabble-rousing punk band and you want to make a statement against cruelty to animals. What would you do? One band that had a bone to pick with KFC took a musical approach to get its message across.

The toe-tapping tune was performed by the Phoenix, Arizona, “punkgrass” outfit Haymarket Squares—all of whose members are vegan or vegetarian—and written by bassist Marc Oxborrow. “He is a big animal lover and he wanted to express his disgust with factory farming practices and peoples’ connection to those practices when they choose to work around, buy, and eat meat,” says guitarist John Norris. “Our song about/against factory farming seemed like a great fit for a fast food restaurant.” 

The management didn’t agree and attempted to eject the band mid-performance. But the customers were transfixed—look closely and you’ll see a little girl clapping in time to the music.

If you live in Arizona, you can catch the band’s next performance in Mesa on July 22. This time, they’ll be performing at a more conventional venue, the Hollywood Alley—I  just hope that it doesn’t make the mistake of having fried chicken on the menu.

Written by Alisa Mullins

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  • Lyrics??? says:

    Do you have the lyrics for this??????? I want to do this at the local KFC!!

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  • wholesale men clothing says:

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  • Juliette says:

    Amazing guys! My friend and I are planing to dance for a change, in front of KFC, thanks for the idea! Hoping people will notice! Right in front of a mall too! ~Juliette

  • Saucy says:

    Gosh I love that song. I can’t wait for someone to start talking their twisted theory of dominion with me, so I can break into song. “You talk about dominion as a license to do anything you please” What a marvelous and courageous display of humanity. Hats Off guys and gals. Can’t get ya out my head.

  • Fred says:

    NOt that it matters, but Um, Kathy, they wouldn’t be calling the police if they hadn’t been asked to leave first. A misdemeanor also stays on your record, and that can hurt you long term. Oh and Saucy, until PETA STOPS trying to say that CAK is permissable never mind that it is KILLING an animal for food (humane or not, even advocating it is contrary to PETA’s four rules of humanity), your comments are hypocricy.

  • Saucy says:

    Yes Fred, and it would be wise for purchasers of tortured and terrorized dead bodies to remember WHO and WHOSE they are tresspassing against. “you talk about dominion as a license to do anything you please” Our dominion is to walk in accordance with the LAWS OF LOVE and baby that ain’t love in your tummy.

  • kathy says:

    You must be told to leave once before you can be considered a trespasser. They left before the police arrived. Anyway, for the animals they were obviously willing to risk a misdemeanor. I think this was great.

  • Fred says:

    To those who want to attempt this remember – tresspassing, which this is unless they purchase food, is a misdemeanor. And management probably didn’t get a chance to eject the band becasue they knew they had to leave or face those charges.

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