Pamela Anderson’S Views Not Allowed In Woking
For Immediate Release:
12 August 2008
Woking, Surrey – Thanks to billboard company Titan, Woking’s commuters will not see a billboard featuring Pamela Anderson in their train station. The company has rejected two billboard designs submitted by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Europe (PETA). The billboard designs featured the buxom star next to taglines condemning KFC suppliers’ abuses of chickens and urging people to stay away from the chicken chain. A representative of Titan said, “The poster is ‘attacking’ another brand, and that will not be allowed by the TOC who is the landlord”.
Anderson, a long-standing PETA supporter, is in a flap over KFC because roughly 1 billion chickens raised and killed for the company every year are drugged and bred to grow so quickly that many become crippled under their own weight. Many have their throats cut while still conscious, and are scalded to death in defeathering tanks. In a widely distributed video filmed at a KFC “Supplier of the Year” in the US, abattoir workers were documented kicking, throwing and stamping on live birds. KFC has consistently ignored the recommendations of its own animal welfare advisors, most of whom have resigned in frustration.
Investigations of KFC suppliers in countries around the world, including the UK, have turned up exactly the same abuses which KFC denies having to address – crippled chickens, crowded and filthy conditions, and systematic animal abuse. The Sunday Mirror’s report on an investigation into a UK KFC supplier carried the headline, “Distressed and Dying in a Cramped Shed – Nobody Does Chicken Like KFC”. PETA US recently ended its five-year campaign against KFC restaurants in Canada when PETA and the company which controls a majority of the KFC restaurants in Canada reached a landmark animal welfare agreement.
“KFC stands for cruelty in our book”, says PETA Europe’s Alexia Weeks. “If KFC executives abused dogs, cats, cows or pigs the way their suppliers abuse chickens, they could be thrown in jail on cruelty-to-animals charges.”
For more information and to view the billboards, please visit PETA.org.uk.