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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org or 854•309•2380.