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2003-Jul-24: Sir Paul vs. KFC

Sir Paul's KFC letter (Updated July 29) Sir Paul has accused KFC of condoning cruelty to chickens.   In a full page ad published in the Louisville Courier-Journal (KFC is headquarterd in Louisville, Kentucky) Sir Paul published an open letter to the president of the company calling on KFC to heed PETA's appeals for the company to  reduce  cruelty to their chickens.  In his letter, Sir Paul wrote:
Dear Mr. Novak:

I am writing on behalf of my friends at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) as well as compassionate consumers across the globe, to urge KFC to implement PETA's list of eight simple things that need to be done to reduce cruelty to chickens raised and killed for your carry-outs.

For example, I would like to see KFC stop allowing chickens to be bred and drugged so that they become so heavy that they cripple under their own weight, end the starvation of birds who are constantly hungry because they are gred to grow too quickly, stop burning the beaks off parent birds, and make sure slaughter methods do not permit animals to be scalded to death in reather-removal tanks.  As you know, full details of PETA's recommendations are available on  They are based on the scientific work of KFC's own animal'welfare advisors and would eliminate only the most horrible abuses of these animals.

If KFC treated dogs or cats the way they treat chickens, they could be charged with the crime of cruelty to animals.  I am a vegetarian because I realize that even little chickens suffer pain and fear, experience a range of feelings and emotions, and are as intelligent as mammals, including dogs, cats, and even some primates.  These remarkable animals are deserving of at least a little kindness.

Please let PETA know that you will end the most egregious forms of abuse endured by chickens raised and killed for KFC.


Sir Paul McCartney

Jonathan Blum, senior vice president for public affairs for KFC' parent company Yum! Brands, said in reply to the letter, "Paul McCartney is a music legend and he's entitled to his opinion, but we think he's misinformed. KFC is committed to the well-being and humane treatment of chickens. While PETA would prefer a world of vegetarians, most people disagree, so we think PETA should follow  one of Sir Paul's songs and just 'Let it Be.' "

Last week, Sir Paul's friend, musician Chrissie Hynde, was among several people arrested while protesting at a KFC in Paris, where she was performing.

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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