‘Hell on Wheels’ Is Coming to Wichita—Chicken Truck to Blast Dying Birds’ Cries Outside Chick-fil-A

For Immediate Release:
June 18, 2024

Reed Bolonyi 202-483-7382

Wichita, Kansas

Diners on their way into Chick-fil-A, The Easy Egg Breakfast & Lunch, and Egg Cetera are in for an earful on Thursday, when “Hell on Wheels”—PETA’s life-size, hyperrealistic chicken transport truck covered with images of real chickens crammed into crates on their way to slaughter—will bombard them with actual recorded sounds of the birds’ cries along with a subliminal message every 10 seconds suggesting that people go vegan.

Where: Outside Chick-fil-A, 7320 W. Taft St., Wichita

When: Thursday, June 20, 12 noon

Credit: PETA

The vexatious vehicle’s arrival comes as a bird flu outbreak continues to spread across the U.S., infecting more than 85 herds of cows in the dairy industry and resulting in the killing of nearly 20 million chickens nationwide since March. The World Health Organization recently reported the first human fatality from a separate bird flu variant circulating in Mexico.

“Every fried chicken wing or scrambled egg means misery for sensitive birds, who endure hell on Earth before they’re crammed onto slaughter-bound trucks,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA’s ‘Hell on Wheels’ truck is an appeal to anyone who eats chicken or eggs to remember that the meat and egg industries are cruel to birds and hazardous to human health and that the only kind meal is a vegan one.” 

In the meat industry, chickens are confined by the tens of thousands to severely crowded, filthy sheds and bred to grow such unnaturally large upper bodies that their legs often become crippled under the weight. Hens used for egg production are crammed together inside wire-floored cages where they don’t even have enough room to spread their wings. At slaughterhouses, workers cut their throats—often while they’re still conscious—and scald many to death in defeathering tanks.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—points out that Every Animal Is Someone and offers free Empathy Kits for people who need a lesson in kindness. PETA’s free vegan starter kit is filled with tips to help anyone looking to make the switch.

For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on X, Facebook, or Instagram.

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