PETA to Raise a Stink at Fried Chicken Festival

For Immediate Release:
September 28, 2023

Brittney Williams 202-483-7382

New Orleans – Attendees at Saturday’s National Fried Chicken Festival may want to rethink their dining decisions after they spot PETA’s new mobile message, which warns viewers that poop could be lurking on every greasy plate of chicken body parts. Since the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits only visible fecal matter on the production line, meat products can still be contaminated with feces not easy to spot with the naked eye. PETA points out that today’s faster slaughter speeds also increase the risk of contamination—and that USDA policy allows slaughterhouses to sell meat that they know contains salmonella.

When:             Saturday, September 30, 11 a.m.

Where:           Driving around the National Fried Chicken Festival, 6601 Franklin Ave., New Orleans

“Chickens are packed by the thousands into dark, filthy sheds, where they stand and sit in waste constantly before being shipped off to slaughter,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA urges anyone disgusted by the idea of eating animal waste to clean their conscience by going vegan.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview, and offers a free vegan starter kit on its website.

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