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KFC bid drives animal anti-cruelty group to respond

Published: Sat, April 18, 2009 @ 12:07 a.m.


WARREN — The organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals believes it has a better deal to repair city roads.

After hearing about the KFC restaurant chain’s offer to give the city $3,000 to help repair potholes, PETA has offered to double the cash if the city will turn its back on the restaurant chain and support animal rights.

The city, meanwhile, says it has asked KFC whether it is willing to match PETA’s “latest offer.”

PETA wrote a letter this week to Warren Mayor Michael O’Brien offering to give the city $6,000 if it will stencil artwork from PETA — instead of artwork for KFC — on potholes.

The PETA artwork would contain a likeness of the restaurant’s founder, Colonel Harlan Sanders, with horns on either side of his head and words “KFC tortures animals.”

“Warren streets may have suffered damage, but it’s nothing compared to what chickens endure on the way to KFC’s buckets and boxes,” wrote Tracy Reiman, PETA’s executive vice president.

PETA contends that chickens raised for the restaurant chain unnecessarily suffer before and during their slaughter.

KFC had offered to provide $3,000 worth of hot patch to the city as long as the city agreed to stencil the message “Re-freshed by KFC” on two repaired potholes.

O’Brien said Friday afternoon he has contacted KFC to tell them the “latest offer” on the table from PETA is $6,000, “and we’ll see where it goes from there.”

A spokesman for Yum! Brands, parent company of KFC, did not return a phone call seeking comment, but the company’s Web site contains a message saying the company is committed to the humane treatment of animals.

KFC does not own, raise or transport animals, the message says, but as a major purchaser of food products, Yum! has an opportunity and responsibility to influence the way animals supplied to the company are treated.

“We are monitoring our suppliers on an ongoing basis to determine whether our suppliers are using humane procedures for caring for and handling animals they supply to us,” the Web site says.


1Stan(9923 comments)posted 7 years, 3 months ago



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2captainlinger(663 comments)posted 7 years, 3 months ago


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3CassAnn(252 comments)posted 7 years, 3 months ago

The mayor is nuts to even consider accepting PETA's offer. Those people have thrown paint, flour, and other nasty substances on people who wear fur. I don't wear fur either, but I disagree with infringing on other people's rights and destroying their property.

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4rick_maynard(1 comment)posted 7 years, 3 months ago

KFC is very excited to be assisting the city of Warren with their pothole problem with a donation from our "Re-Fresh the Streets" program. We have two restaurants in Warren, and we are big fans of the mayor and the town. Soon, Warren residents will have a smoother commute, thanks to the Colonel.

KFC is committed to the well-being and humane treatment of chickens. We're proud of our responsible, industry-leading animal welfare guidelines. We buy our quality chickens from the same trusted brands that consumers buy in local supermarkets. While we don't own any poultry facilities, we require all of our suppliers to follow welfare guidelines developed by us with leading experts on our Animal Welfare Advisory Council.

For more information on KFC and animal welfare, please visit www.kfc.com/facts

We don't comment on PETA's activities, as their reputation speaks for itself.

Rick Maynard
KFC Spokesman

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5Cassie(88 comments)posted 7 years, 3 months ago

I do not think PETA does anything constructive for animal welfare--all they seem to do is seek outrageous publicity. I respect the ASPCA which actually investigates animal cruelty and rescues animals to be placed in responsible ownership.

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6NoBS(2819 comments)posted 7 years, 3 months ago

I think you're right, Cassie. I don't remember ever hearing of anything PETA has done that changes anything. They disrupt legitimate research and make big shows, but when did they ever find a stray animal a home? They break into research facilities and let hundreds of rats go, but the rats have never had to forage for their own food, so they starve. PETA doesn't care, they got their big, sensationalistic headline.

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7Clever_Pseudonym(1 comment)posted 7 years, 3 months ago

Hooray for PETA!

Well, Nobs, one thing PETA did was getting this pair of inbreds barred from owning pets: http://www.wavy.com/dpp/news/local_wa...

Another thing they do is convince people to stop consuming animal products. We don't need them and we're better off without them--the animal products, not PETA. ;-)

As for the rats, were they better off being tortured and killed?

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8vander(1 comment)posted 7 years, 3 months ago

Dear Rick Maynard,

It is so baffling to me why your company, KFC, refuses to implement even the MINIMAL requirements to stop animal abuse. If you are going to profit off these poor, sentimental animals, the least you can do is ensure them the welfare they deserve. Instead of beating around the bush and ignoring PETA's requests for change, you guys just spew out inaccurate information about your "animal-welfare guidelines".

KFC is the hugest douche of all corporations. Stop abusing aniamls you sick people and start reforming the way you treat your animals.

Anyone else who would like more information on the ongoing cruelties and sadistic abuse that KFC inflicts on billions of animals, I urge you to visit:


From there on you can judge if KFC really does have "animal-welfare guidelines".

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9henryviii1509(274 comments)posted 7 years, 3 months ago

Lets paint the repaired potholes with likenesses of chickens and practice running them over. Then we can go to KFC and act like we're eating roadkill.
Sounds like fun that we'll never tire of.

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10NoBS(2819 comments)posted 7 years, 3 months ago

Clever Pseudonym wrote: "Another thing they do is convince people to stop consuming animal products. We don't need them and we're better off without them--the animal products, not PETA. ;-)"

No, I think you had it right the first time - we're better off with out PETA. Stop consuming animal products?? Where would we be without leather? How would we have evolved to where we are now without leather? And what about food? Human beings are omnivores - we're designed to eat meat as well as vegetables.

"As for the rats, were they better off being tortured and killed?"

A slow painful death starving, cold, and thirsty versus being kept in a cage where they're fed and people clean up after them? Gosh, let me think which one's more merciful. . . .

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