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Pink Pens Petition to KFC

Pink Pens Petition to KFCPink has kicked off a petition asking KFC to make sure that the more than 850 million birds killed for its buckets each year aren’t abused in ways that would make any kind person lose their lunch:

“PETA is asking KFC to eliminate the worst abuses that chickens suffer in the factory farms and slaughterhouses of its suppliers, including crippling injuries because of cruel breeding practices and the overuse of drugs, having their throats slit while still conscious, and being dunked into tanks of scalding-hot water while still alive and able to feel pain,” the petition reads. It continues, “I urge KFC to adopt the recommendations of PETA—and its own animal welfare advisors—to ensure that the gentle, intelligent animals who end up in its boxes and buckets each day are treated with at least the bare minimum of respect.”

Because birds aren’t included in the only federal law that protect animals at slaughter (even though they make up more than 98 percent of the animals eaten in the U.S.), KFC can get away with abusing chickens in these hideous ways. As a leader in the industry, it’s up to KFC to make sure that its birds aren’t being tortured.

Pink joins the growing list of celebrities—including Sir Paul McCartney, Pamela Anderson, Hawthorne Heights, Good Charlotte, Black Eyed Peas, and The Rev. Al Sharpton—who are speaking out against KFC’s cruelty to animals.

Stop Kentucky Fried Cruelty

For more than five years, PETA has been pressuring fast-food chain KFC to stop the worst abuses of chickens, including scalding birds to death, cutting their throats while they're still conscious, and drugging and breeding them to grow so large that they become crippled beneath their own weight. Now PETA has scored a major victory and is ending its Kentucky Fried Cruelty boycott in Canada. The boycott will continue in other countries where KFC has restaurants, including the U.S., until they follow the lead of the Canadian KFCs that have agreed to make changes.

Following months of closed-door negotiations between PETA and the company that coordinates the purchasing of chickens for all Canadian KFCs, the lives and deaths of all chickens killed for KFCs in Canada will be improved by a historic new animal welfare plan.

According to the new plan, the company that coordinates the purchasing of chickens for all Canadian KFCs will take the following actions:

  • Ensure the phase-in of 100 percent of chicken purchases from suppliers that use controlled-atmosphere killing (CAK)—the least cruel form of poultry slaughter ever developed.
  • Improve the audits used to monitor Canadian KFCs' chicken suppliers in order to reduce the number of broken bones and other injuries suffered by birds.
  • Urge Canadian KFCs' chicken suppliers to adopt better practices, including improved lighting, more space for birds, lower ammonia levels, and a phase-out of growth-promoting drugs and breeding practices that painfully cripple chickens.
  • Form an animal welfare advisory panel to monitor the changes and recommend further advancements.

The majority of KFCs in Canada have also added a faux-chicken menu item to their restaurants.


This is an enormous victory for PETA and our supporters. However, outside Canada, KFC has not acted to stop the worst abuses of chickens. Please pledge to boycott KFC outside Canada until the chain takes action. In addition, contact KFC, and demand that the company adopt the same animal welfare plan that is now improving the lives and deaths of chickens killed for Canadian KFCs. Tell the company that you will boycott the chain until it follows the lead of most KFCs in Canada. You can contact KFC by using this online form or calling 1-800-225-5532.

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