Vegan Chicken at KFC?
For Immediate Release:
19 September 2018
Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 222; [email protected]
VEGAN CHICKEN AT KFC?
PETA Petition Urges Fast-Food Chain to Offer Animal-Friendly Version of Its Signature Meal
London – Following KFC’s announcement that it plans to add vegetarian fried chicken to its menu, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has submitted a petition – signed by more than 12,600 compassionate members of the public – to the chicken-churning fast-food chain urging it to make the option 100 per cent animal-free.
“More people than ever are seeking vegan foods, and business-savvy restaurants across the UK and beyond are updating their offerings to meet this skyrocketing demand,” says PETA Director of Vegan Corporate Projects Dawn Carr. “PETA is calling on KFC to dish up delicious all-vegan fried chicken that could spare millions of sensitive birds the horrors of the abattoir.”
PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – has released numerous exposés, available here, here, and here, revealing that chickens used for food endure systemic abuse in today’s meat industry. They’re routinely fed antibiotics and bred to grow so large that their legs often collapse under their own body weight. At the abattoir, they’re shackled upside down, their throats are slit, and they’re scalded in defeathering tanks, sometimes while still conscious.
In addition to each sparing nearly 200 animals a year a terrifying death, vegans are less prone to suffering from heart disease, diabetes, strokes, obesity, and cancer than meat-eaters are. They also have smaller carbon footprints, as the meat industry is a major producer of the greenhouse-gas emissions that cause climate change.