Mike D, AD Rock and MCA, better known as The Beastie Boys, have sent off a letter to the head of KFC, David Novak. The letter asks Novak and KFC to follow PETA’s recommendations and halt the abuse that chickens raised for KFC are subjected to. Allegations include that these chickens are painfully debeakied, suffer from life-long crippling, and are scalded while still living.
The Beasties claim is that if KFC treated other animals such as dogs and cats the way that it treats its chickens, the company would be facing felony cruelty-to-animals charges. Peta2.com reports that, “…chickens are probably the most abused animals on Earth, enduring a lifetime of misery, and KFC has a responsibility to ensure that chickens raised for its restaurants are protected from the worst cruelties
www.kentuckyfriedcruelty.com reports that, “…chickens… have their sensitive beaks seared off with hot blades and are crammed into tiny cages with the decomposing remains of other birds. Hundreds of thousands are left to starve to death, and huge numbers die as a result of long journeys in extreme weather conditions. Basically, any and all abuse is allowable when it comes to chickens, who are, in fact, remarkable animals with distinct personalities and intelligence that, if allowed to develop, is as advanced as that of cats and dogs. Most importantly, they feel pain, just as we do.
The following is a basic outline of PETA’s recommended animal-welfare program:
Adopt the “Animal Care Standards” program.
This program creates guidelines to protect chickens on factory farms and covers issues such as ammonia concentration, lighting conditions, and living space in chicken sheds. It also prohibits intentional starvation of breeding birds and states that birds must be provided with mental and physical stimulation.
Replace electrical stunning and throat slicing with controlled-atmosphere stunning-to-kill.
Experts agree that controlled-atmosphere killing causes much less suffering than KFC’s present method of snapping chickens’ legs into metal shackles and cutting their throats open, often while they are still conscious.
Switch to humane mechanized chicken gathering.
Studies have shown that using manual methods results in four times as many broken legs, more than eight times as much bruising, and increased stress.
Breed for health rather than forcing rapid growth, and stop feeding drugs to chickens. Breed leaner, healthier, less aggressive birds instead of breeding the biggest, fattest birds possible, and stop feeding chickens antibiotics and other drugs for nontherapeutic purposes.