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Chain Sits on Its Hands While Others in the Industry Move to Improve Animal Welfare
Ky. — Because KFC continues to ignore the recommendations of its own animal
welfare advisors regarding the slaughter of chickens the company purchases, a
representative of PETA—which owns stock in KFC's parent company, Yum!
Brands—will question executives at the company's annual meeting in Louisville
on Thursday. The recommendations include switching to a more modern, less cruel
slaughter method that would eliminate the abuses that chickens who are killed
for KFC endure at the slaughterhouse. This year, at least two U.S. chicken
processors will begin using the less cruel method.
May 19, 9 a.m.
Conference Center, 1900 Colonel Sanders Ln., Louisville
could stop its suppliers from breaking chickens' bones, cutting their throats
while they're still conscious, and scalding millions of birds to death, but it
won't," says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. "When it
comes to implementing consumer-driven animal welfare reforms, KFC is at the
bottom of the bucket."
roughly 1 billion chickens killed each year for KFC are slammed into shackles
and suspended upside down by their feet from conveyor belts—a procedure that
often results in broken bones. Birds are still conscious when their throats are
cut, and many are then scalded to death in defeathering tanks filled with
less cruel slaughter method would prevent abuses against birds because workers
would never handle live birds. In a PETA undercover investigation of a KFC
"Supplier of the Year" slaughterhouse, workers were documented
tearing the heads off live birds, spitting tobacco in birds' eyes,
spraypainting birds' faces, and slamming birds against walls.
statement to Yum! Brands is available upon request. For more information, please
visit PETA's website KentuckyFriedCruelty.com.
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