Springtime in your city may bring a visit from an animal rights group that wants to protect chickens from what they say is excessive cruelty by Colonel Sanders. The GLRC’s Chuck Quirmbach reports:
Springtime in your city may bring a visit from an animal rights group
that wants to protect chickens from what they say is excessive cruelty
by Colonel Sanders. The GLRC’s Chuck Quirmbach reports:
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says KFC restaurants serve
chickens that suppliers have killed inhumanely. So, PETA is revving up
its Kentucky Fried Cruelty campaign, holding protests outside KFC
outlets, with PETA workers often dressed in costumes.
Lindsay Rajt sometimes wears a police uniform so she can do a mock
arrest of someone else dressed as Colonel Sanders. Rajt wants KFC
suppliers to switch to technology that slowly withdraws the air around
their live chickens.
“And it will actually basically put the birds to sleep… it’s the most
humane method out there.”
Rajt would also like Congress to change the Humane Slaughter Act, so
that it would no longer exempt chickens. KFC’s corporate parent has
repeatedly said it does not tolerate animal abuse by any of its
suppliers. But PETA says it plans to take its message to hundreds of
cities this year.
Two animal rights activists who recently shot footage of chickens at two of Ohio’s largest egg farms are not getting what they bargained for. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium’s Jo Ingles has more:
Two animal rights activists who recently shot footage of chickens at two of Ohio’s largest egg farms are not getting what they bargained for. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium’s Jo Ingles reports.
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These chickens are shown in cramped cages….often featherless from abuse…in unsanitary and unsafe conditions. The activists say they had hoped the sight of this would spark an all out investigation into the way the farms treat their livestock. But it’s done something else. The head of the Ohio Livestock Coalition wants to know why the activists were able to trespass onto the farms to get this footage….especially these days when food security is a major concern.
“It’s an example of how a bio terrorist might try to introduce something to the livestock.”
Dave White is backing a plan that the Ohio senate has already approved. It increases penalties for trespassing onto and vandalizing farms. The bill is expected to pass the Ohio house the first of next year. Meanwhile, the activists are trying to get lawmakers to take an equal interest in the well being of the hens at Ohio’s major egg farms.
Recent challenges to the ingredients in commercial pet food have more than pet owners concerned. A whole new debate is brewing over how Americans treat their pets. But Great Lakes Radio Consortium Commentator Lisa Bartel says how we treat others—human or non-human—says more about who we are as people than we realize: