Speech by KFC chief brings PETA protest to Louisville

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WHAS11.com

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 6:42 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 13 at 2:06 PM

(Louisville, KY) -Holding signs that read, "David Novak Tortures Animals," PETA members will protest outside the Kentucky Center on Tuesday as the CEO of Yum! Brands-parent company of KFC-delivers the keynote address at the annual meeting of Greater Louisville Inc.

PETA members will screen graphic video footage from undercover investigations of KFC supplier slaughterhouses. This action is the latest salvo in PETA's worldwide Kentucky Fried Cruelty campaign against KFC suppliers' abusive treatment of chickens in factory farms and slaughterhouses.

The nearly 1 billion chickens killed each year for KFC are tormented in ways that could result in cruelty-to-animals charges if other animals were the victims.

They are drugged and bred to grow so large that many become crippled from the weight of their massive upper bodies. The birds' throats are cut while they are still conscious, and millions are scalded to death in defeathering tanks.

"'KFC' stands for cruelty," says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. "Consumers should boycott a place that refuses to stop the very worst abuses of the chickens raised and killed for those buckets and boxes."

Statement from KFC:

"KFC is committed to the well-being and humane treatment of chickens. We're proud of our responsible, industry-leading animal welfare guidelines. We buy our quality chickens from the same trusted brands that consumers buy in local supermarkets. While we don't own any poultry facilities, we require all of our suppliers to follow welfare guidelines developed by us with leading experts on our Animal Welfare Advisory Council."

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