Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Kentucky Fried Chicken Backlash


The campaign by People for the Ethical
Treatment of Animals (PETA) against fast-food company
KFC has received endorsements by leaders in the US
African American community. Two statements by former
Democratic presidential candidate Reverend Al Sharpton
and hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons are the most recent
endorsements, adding to a long list of African
American supporters. Simmons says he has produced a
television commercial showing "the very worst abuses"
suffered by chickens during their short lives. He has
threatened KFC with the commercial and with calling
for a boycott if the company does not implement
"reasonable reforms within a reasonable time." For his
part, Reverend Sharpton said, "I'm calling on people
to boycott KFC until they adopt animal welfare systems
recommended by PETA and until they stop the worst
abuses of the birds."

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