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Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc.
38 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, New York 12572 USA -  845-876-2626
Vegetarian - Vegan - Animal Rights - Health - Nutrition - Environment

The mission of the Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc. is to promote the vegetarian ethic in the Mid-Hudson (New York) region, educate the community and aid anyone in the pursuit of a totally vegetarian (vegan) cruelty-free and healthful lifestyle.

Newsletters - Fall 2004 Issue

KFC Pressure

By Jeff Golden

For years people concerned about the incredible suffering endured by animals in factory farms have tried to persuade Kentucky Fried Chicken to adopt minimal standards to protect the animals whose lives they control.

Recently, an eight-month undercover investigation revealed actions at one of KFC’s “Suppliers of the Year” so sadistic that they made national news, though the reports often left out the supplier’s connection with KFC. The inside investigation, which included secretly taped video footage, revealed workers ripping the heads off chickens to write graffiti with their blood, stomping them to death, and squeezing them like water balloons until their excrement went spraying on other chickens. Over 750 million chickens are raised and slaughtered for KFC each year.

These beings live and die by the standards KFC claims to set. A KFC chicken can expect to: live for six weeks in a space roughly the size of a sheet of paper; have her beak seared off; receive almost no natural light; be hung by her feet from metal shackles and her throat slit by a mechanical blade; or be one of the millions who is neither stunned nor killed by the blade and is instead boiled alive.

Chickens are inquisitive animals who feel and have intelligence similar in many respects to cats, dogs, and even primates. When in their natural surroundings, they form friendships and social hierarchies, recognize one another, care for their young and enjoy a full life of dust-bathing, making nests and roosting in trees.

In support of a nationwide campaign by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, local animal advocates, including Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society member Jeff Golden, members of area college animal advocacy groups and other individuals have organized ongoing protests at the KFCs in Poughkeepsie and Kingston.

Add your voice!

Protests are ongoing, Mondays and Wednesdays, noon to 1pm, 426 Foxhall Ave., Kingston, and Tuesdays and Thursdays noon to 1pm, 746-50 Main Street, Poughkeepsie. Saturday and Sunday protests alternate between sites and are set for noon to 1pm. For more information, contact Jeff Golden, at jgolden@commonfire.org or 854•309•2380.

Also visit
www.yum.com  (KFC’s parent company).

We look forward to hearing from you

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