OK. So I really love The Cosby Show. The deadpan humor, family melodrama, and Bill Cosby’s tacky sweaters—how could you not? So when I found out that Bill Cosby will be performing at KFC’s upcoming annual Convention Gala, I was heartbroken.
PETA reached out to Bill and let him know that more than 1 billion chickens are raised and slaughtered every year for KFC restaurants. They are drugged and bred to grow so large that many become crippled, and many have their throats cut while they are still conscious. In our undercover investigation of a KFC “Supplier of the Year” slaughterhouse in West Virginia, we documented that workers were ripping off live birds’ heads, spitting tobacco into their eyes, spray-painting their faces, and violently stomping on them.
After learning about the cruelty endured by chickens on KFC’s factory farms, Bill’s rep contacted us and let us know that Bill understands our concerns, but that “unfortunately, it’s too late for him to cancel his appearance at the gala” because of his contract. Perhaps after his performance, he’ll pass the information we gave him on to KFC executives. Maybe they’ll listen to what he has to say!
And if they don’t? Well, KFC, now that Bill knows about what goes on at your factory farms, let’s just say that I wouldn’t expect him at your next gala—unless you improve your slaughter methods to make them more humane for the billion chickens you kill every single year. And after what I’m sure will be a brilliant performance at this year’s event, you’re really going to be missing out.
Written by Liz Graffeo