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Animal Defenders of Westchester
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Yonkers, NY 10704

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May 17, 2003 White Plains, NY On Saturday, May 17, 2003 members of Animal Defenders of Westchester (ADOW) will join with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for a demonstration at Kentucky Fried Chicken, 2038 Central Avenue, Yonkers, from 2 - 4 p.m. , to protest their refusal to adopt humane standards for animals, and related public health issues.

According to employee testimony, KFC workers routinely stomp chickens, run over them with forklifts, and explode dry ice in their mouths and rectums. An electric stun bath, which is supposed to render the birds unconscious before their throats are cut and they go into a bath of scalding water, is frequently turned off; and because the line moves so quickly, the knife misses many birds, and they go into the water fully conscious - they "...scream, kick, their eyes pop out of their heads, body parts are torn off as they struggle to get out..."

A regular day at Tyson, which supplies KFC, finds thousands of birds crammed into a small enclosed room, the air putrid with ammonia; sick, crippled dead birds lay scattered among the living, left to rot. They are fed huge amounts of antibiotics and hormones - three times as much as cows or humans - to kill the diseases that run rampant as a result of the unsanitary conditions. The antibiotics are then passed on to us when we eat chicken flesh. Studies are being conducted to ascertain a correlation between food handling and various diseases, including SARS.

Kiley Blackman, organizer of this event, said "Chickens feel pain and suffering exactly like humans do. With so many delicious dining alternatives, why anyone would contribute to such cruelty and disease, for a mouthful of food that is forgotten an hour later, is beyond me. If people could see what is really in KFC's bucket, they'd run screaming."

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