Chickens Need Humane Treatment Too

May 02, 2003
George Anderson

By George Anderson

The chain Colonel Sanders made famous, KFC, yesterday announced it has adopted new guidelines for the humane treatment of chickens for producers that supply its stores.

Reuters reports KFC adopted eight guidelines for its poultry that covered “adequate feeding of chickens, providing adequate growth space for normal development and inspections of facilities.”

It has also requested the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Department of Labor review a proposal on the feasibility of using gas to kill chickens.

The company has come under attacks from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for the practice of some producers of stunning and slitting the throats of chickens.

Moderator’s Comment: How will the adoption of these
guidelines affect the poultry, producers, retailers, and consumers?

KFC continues to come under attack by PETA. The group
maintains KFC has not done enough to provide for the humane treatment of chickens.
Of course, the only way to satisfy PETA would be for KFC to go to a strictly
vegetarian menu. [George
Anderson – Moderator

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