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We advocate on all animal protection and exploitation issues, including experimentation, factory farming, rodeos, breeders and traveling animal acts.

Animal Defenders of Westchester
P.O. Box 205
Yonkers, NY 10704

Action Alerts

Ch 4 coverage of KFC cruelty

July 10, 2004:

Today on LIVE AT FIVE Ch 4 NBC they aired the undercover video Peta shot at KFC. Video showed men violently smashing live chickens against a wall, stomping live chickens and throwing them to the floor. Peta's Michael McGraw was interviewed and made it clear that we prefer chickens not be eaten at all; but if they are, they must be treated humanely. He also discussed the lawsuit Peta filed.

Ch 4 stated that KFC calls this treatment of chickens 'appalling', and stated they will terminate their business with Pilgrims Pride, the chicken supplier shown in the video. There was no 'denial' of the video's veracity, etc. Ch4 interviewed someone outside KFC who, when told of the video, stated he wouldn't buy there anymore - said it 'ruined his appetite'. The program also told that federal law exempts chickens from cruelty charges, but efforts are being made to get charges placed under state cruelty laws.

(This may be repeated on the 11 o'clock ch 4 news)

Please thank NBC anchor Sue Simmons, whose promos for this segment were "Wait till you see what goes on there," and Peta puts KFC in the hotseat."

Email: sue.simmons@nbc.com  

cc:

News director Adele Rifkin: adele.rifkin@nbc.com . We have been trying to get undercover slaughterhouse video on for a very long time; this few minutes was a start.


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