Fall Out Boy Urges Fans To Turn Up The Heat On Kfc

Band Members Sign Online peta2 Petition Calling On Fast-Food Chain to Stop the Worst Farming and Slaughter Abuses of Chickens

For Immediate Release:
27 July 2006

Karen Chisholm 020 7357 9229, ext 229

London – Taking a well-deserved break from the road to begin recording their first album since From Under the Cork Tree (Island Records), Chicago-based Fall Out Boy members Andy Hurley (drums) and Joe Trohman (guitar and vocals) added their names to peta2.com’s petition calling on KFC to end its suppliers’ worst abuses of chickens who end up in KFC’s buckets. Andy, who went vegan three years ago, and Joe signed the petition at peta2 friend Morrissey’s sold-out London show in May.

The petition, which can be viewed at peta2.com, urges 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 they are still alive and able to feel pain”. Visitors to peta2com can sign their names right under Andy and Joe’s.

PETA has successfully pressured McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s to enact sweeping abattoir reforms, but KFC has been so unresponsive that five members of its own animal welfare committee resigned in frustration.

Andy’s compassion for animals reaches far beyond his disgust with KFC suppliers’ atrocities against the more than 850 million chickens whom they raise and kill for KFC every year. He avoids wearing leather, and because he knows that fish experience fear and pain, just as all animals do, he refuses to eat them. “Vegetarian means that you don’t eat meat, and fish is meat, and it’s a living creature, and it’s wrong to eat living creatures”, he explains.

Joe and Andy join musicians like P!nk, The Darkness, Jet, and Good Charlotte in signing and promoting peta2’s “Kentucky Fried Cruelty” petition campaign.

For more information and to sign the petition, please visit peta2.com.