KFC: Fire Chicken Abusers

Jul 20, 2004
George Anderson

By George Anderson

An investigator for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) videotaped workers at a Pilgrim’s Pride plant in West Virginia, which supplies KFC, abusing chickens prior
to slaughter.

The tape is said to show workers jumping up and down on live chickens, dropkicking them and slamming them against walls.

Bonnie Warschauer, director of public relations for KFC told the New York Times, the restaurant chain "will require that the employee or employees responsible be terminated."
Any other failures at the plant, said Ms. Warschauer, would "result in termination of our relationship."

The investigator who shot the footage for PETA said the animal abuse on the tape was not an isolated incident and that plant management knew it was taking place.

In one instance, for example, supervisor is alleged to have walked past a pile of birds that lay on the floor after having seen them being thrown against the wall. The supervisor
is said to have told employees it was okay to continue after he passed.

Moderator’s Comment: What responsibility do restaurants and retailers have in how animals are treated prior to and
during slaughter?

For those who are often quick to accuse PETA of extreme views, including ourselves, we offer these words from KFC adviser, Dr. Ian J. H. Duncan, an animal
and poultry science professor at the University of Guelph in Ontario, who after seeing the tape said, it "contains some of the worst scenes of animal cruelty that I have
ever witnessed.”

George Anderson – Moderator

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