Activists of People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA) protest before the Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet in Bangalore on Wednesday.
Photograph: Karnataka Photo News
From the kentuckyfriedcruelty website:
“KFC suppliers cram birds into huge waste-filled factories, breed and drug them to grow so large that they can’t even walk, and often break their wings and legs. At slaughter, the birds’ throats are slit and they are dropped into tanks of scalding-hot water often while they are still conscious. It would be illegal for KFC to abuse dogs, cats, pigs, or cows in these ways.
“KFC’s own animal welfare advisors have asked the company to take steps to eliminate these abuses, but KFC refuses to do so. Many advisors have now resigned in frustration.
“PETA India obtained graphic video footage documenting the following at a Venkateshwara Hatcheries farm, which supplies KFC India:
- Chickens were stuffed into extremely crowded warehouses, where they had to push and shove in order to reach their food.
- Birds were bred to grow so large so quickly that many suffered in agony when their weak legs could not support their weight.
- Barns were littered with the carcasses of chickens who died from fatal diseases.
- Many sick and injured chickens never received medical attention.
- Chickens suffered at the hands of callous workers who neglected to observe even minimum animal welfare standards.