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Something Is Rotten in the State of Kentucky

Written by PETA | August 14, 2009

Less than a month ago, we sent requests asking permission from the Louisville Department of Public Works to place our crippled-chicken statue, which was designed by renowned cartoonist Harry Bliss, on public property.

I should clarify—we submitted six separate applications, asking for our statue to be placed at six different locations, to nix any issue of public versus private property. We were pretty confident that we’d covered all the bases.

We’ve finally received a response. Apparently, Louisville has placed a 45-day moratorium on issuance of the very type of permit we requested.

Coinkydink? Methinks not. I suspect that Louisville officials and KFC don’t want any attention drawn to the horrible abuse that millions of chickens suffer at the hands of KFC’s suppliers.

Click here to read our response.

Written by Karin Bennett

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  • Ayla M. says:

    Please stop saying that kentucky is cruel and narrowminded. KFC is the one being cruel and narrowminded not kentucky itself. But I agree with you all. KFC and other restaurants should find a more humane method of slaughter at the very least.

  • Milly says:

    Boo KFC!

  • Brittany S says:

    I am from kentucky and i find it very offensive for you people to say kentucky is rotten. I am a avid animal lover i own 9 horses 4 cats 5 cats and numerous fish. my animals are treated better than most peoples children are treated. So please kentucky is not rotten KFC is rotten.

  • Dahlia says:

    Poor little chickies. They do not deserve that torture! KFC had yummy tasting chicken but now I realize the foul tasting torture that goes into a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken.

  • Ashley says:

    I am from Williamsburg Kentucky about 15 miles away from the first kfc and am a vegitarian. I can tell you there are not very many people here who think that veganism is a good thing and it is hard for me to be a vegitarian in the area that I live in because all anyone knoes is “good southern cooking” which is mostly meat!

  • Alex W says:

    I agree with Evelyn. I’m all for the ethical treatment of animals and KFC is nothing but terrible for the health of humans and does some pretty awful stuff to animals but I don’t know if I agree with some of the stances they take on stuff like veganism. I’m vegetarian although I do own some leather products for the simple fact that vegan shoes are not easy to find and can be expensive. Also it’s hard enough to get nutrients just being vegetarian. So let’s stop getting all preachy commenters and worry about real issues. The ethical treatment of animals.

  • pete says:

    I believe in eating meat but I do not feel we need to torture animals to do so. The things I’ve seen in slaughter houses should not be permitted.

  • Jenny says:

    I’ve lived in Kentucky my whole life and have had to deal with the fact that my state is one of the most narrow minded places that I know of. People here don’t like or except change. Its time we jumped on the bandwagon and start doing whats right instead of whats comfortable for people.

  • kayla says:

    Well iam not vegan either but no poor animal should suffer so… enki will take care of the animal abuisers!

  • Pamela Harp Gentry says:

    KFC is disgusting. Not unlike the NFL. Please continue boycotting KLC and boycott NFL. There is no acceptable way of killing animals for any reason. The Colonel was a joke he was from Corbin Ky. where my grandparents were from and always said that he was “shady”. Michael Vick is right up there with the worst. Do not kill animals!! “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Mahatma Gandhi

  • Wesley says:

    Question. What do you consider an acceptible way to kill a chicken? I thought PETA was about preventing animal cruelty not everyone being VEGAN. I don’t want animals to suffer anymore than the next person but I am not a VEGAN. I hope this gets posted. My last comments didn’t get posted. Probably because I have a different opinion than everyone else.

  • Evelyn says:

    I have lived in Louisville for almost a year. I have boycotted KFC and their barbaric practices since 2002 and have quit eating meat altogher 6 months ago. I would absolutely love to The Chicken being displayed in Louisville maybe some of the people will actually understand how horrible they get treated..Then they can take some of the memorials and building paintings dedicated to the Colonel down. I hate him

  • Brandon says:

    Colonel Sanders of KFC is a devil among men. He represents all that is wrong in our world today. He is a walking stigma of animal cruelty. His local establishments should be toppled just like Saadam hussein’s statues in Bhagdad.

  • Edward says:

    Well of course the Colonel was from Kentucky. That’s why we have the “K” in KFC. KFC could have easily been AFC WFC etc.

  • vegancoin says:

    wow. that’s insane those legal roadblocks seem pretty iffy arbitrary and unlawful to me. good luck PETA and keep up the good work.

  • Reverend Chong says:

    Well Kentucky is rotting. PETA should ask Governor Lingle of Hawaii for permission to put those statues on Hawaii public property. I would love to see them around.

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    This does not surprise me. Kentucy is the state good old Colonel Sanders was from.

  • Brien Comerford says:

    It’s astounding that such a reverence for God state has so much irreverence for God’s blessed animal kingdom.

  • lynda downie says:

    Wow! Brilliant letter by Peta counsel. Great to know that Peta members and supporters come from such a broad range of disciplines and areas of expertise.

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