KFC in the U.K. is now serving a vegan chicken sandwich dubbed The Imposter (complete with a vegan bun and vegan mayonnaise). This victory comes after more than 13,000 PETA U.K. supporters contacted KFC to ask the chain to add a vegan option to its U.K. restaurant menus. This vegan chicken burger boasts a Quorn fillet coated with the famous Original Recipe herbs and spices and topped with fresh iceberg lettuce and creamy vegan mayo, all in a soft glazed bun. Yum, yum, YUM!
In introducing a vegan option, KFC has recognized that vegan eating is on the rise in the U.K., and more and more people are choosing plant-based foods to protect animals and the environment. This new offering from KFC will introduce a new audience to vegan foods.
While this news is quite exciting for diners and animal activists in the U.K., KFC still doesn’t offer any vegan options in the U.S. This new vegan sandwich proves that companies are adapting their menus to match the ever-growing demand for vegan options around the world. Urge your local KFCs to start serving vegan options in the U.S. as well and help prevent the slaughter of many chickens every year.
In the U.K., KFC’s vegan chicken will be available in 18 stores in Bristol, London, and the Midlands for a limited time.
Vegan foods are definitely on a (vegan sausage) roll, and grocery stores, restaurants, and other businesses are stepping up to meet the demand for animal-free versions of classic dishes that people love. If you’ve ever been the teeniest bit curious about going vegan, now’s the ideal time to give it a try.
Chickens Killed for Food
Chickens raised for their flesh are farmed more intensively than any other land animal. Newly hatched chicks are sent into huge, dusty, windowless sheds with tens of thousands of other birds—who are all bred and fed to have such a large upper body that they can barely support their own weight.
At the end of this miserable life, they’re sent to slaughter without ever having roosted in a tree, taken a dust bath, interacted with their parents, or done any of the other things that are natural and important to chickens. They’re roughly shoved into crates and driven to a slaughterhouse, where they’re shackled by their legs and hung upside down.
Their heads are plunged into an electric water bath that’s supposed to stun them before their necks are cut—but it doesn’t always work, and the birds sometimes regain consciousness as they bleed to death or are plunged into tanks filled with scalding-hot water.
And these birds are typically just babies when they’re killed, as many reach what the industry deems “slaughter weight” at only 41 days old.
What You Can Do
The good news is that there’s no need for us to eat the flesh of other animals. With so many delicious plant-based options available, going vegan is now easier than ever. Order PETA’s free vegan starter kit to receive tips, recipes, and insight that will help you make the transition to a compassionate lifestyle.
Your compassionate decisions can make a difference. Urge KFC and other restaurants that don’t currently offer any vegan options in the U.S. to add them to their menus!