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Old 02-02-2005, 11:45 AM
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Default Sharpton Calling for Boycott of KFC! WTF?!?

Sharpton Joins With an Animal Rights Group in Calling for a Boycott of KFC
By MELANIE WARNER

he Rev. Al Sharpton will not eat at KFC and he doesn't think you should either.

Starting today, Mr. Sharpton is joining forces with the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to urge a boycott of KFC, which is owned by Yum Brands of Louisville, Ky. Mr. Sharpton and PETA want the fast food chain to require its chicken suppliers to put in place new standards for the treatment of the 750 million chickens they process for KFC every year in the United States. The rap mogul Russell Simmons is also joining the Sharpton campaign.

"If we give our money to KFC, we're paying for a life of misery for some of God's most helpless creatures," says Mr. Sharpton in an eight-minute video that will be shown outside KFC's around the country.

PETA has been waging a campaign against KFC for two years. The organization was eager to enlist Mr. Sharpton because KFC has many stores in largely black neighborhoods and in late 2003 KFC executives told investors they were making an increased effort to market to blacks.

Mr. Sharpton and PETA are demanding that KFC force its chicken suppliers, like Pilgrim's Pride and Perdue, to give chickens more room in factory barns and to make use of a process that puts birds to sleep with nitrogen before they are killed. They are also asking KFC to stop its suppliers from forcing such rapid, hormone-driven growth that the birds crumple under their own weight.

PETA said that unlike other companies, KFC has been largely unresponsive. "KFC has been by far the most stubborn corporation we have attempted to work with," said PETA's president, Ingrid Newkirk, in a written statement.

Yum Brands, which also own Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, declined to comment on PETA's demands and allegations. "PETA is an organization more interested in promoting vegetarianism than the truth," a spokesman, Jonathan Blum, said.

PETA recently won a concession from McDonald's, which said it would study the possibility of requiring American suppliers to use the process of so-called controlled-atmosphere killing.

Several years ago, in response to PETA's "Unhappy Meal" campaign, McDonald's, which buys one of every 20 eggs sold in America, agreed to buy eggs only from farms offering hens extra water, more wing room in their cages and fresh air.

PETA says it has chosen to shed light on the chicken industry in recent years because large chicken producers and sellers have made little movement toward more humane practices. "The chicken industry is way behind the beef and pork industries," said Dr. Temple Grandin, associate professor of animal science at Colorado State University and a member of Yum Brands' animal welfare advisory council. "They need to work on getting some of the same auditing systems in place."

Animal welfare specialists like Dr. Grandin agree with PETA that the short lives of chickens need to be improved. Dr. Grandin said that as many as 6 percent of birds suffer broken wings or legs when workers pack them into crates and onto trucks.

"A lot of workers aren't adequately trained," said Dr. Mohan Raj, a senior research fellow at the University of Bristol in Britain and a veterinarian who has studied chicken welfare practices in the United States.

Animal rights activists are hardly KFC's only problem. In recent years, the company has been the financial stepchild at Yum Brands. Last year KFC's same-store sales were down 2 percent; sales increased at Taco Bell and Pizza Hut.

***In an addendum to the video, Sharpton added that he's still cool with pork rinds and chitlins.... ***
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Why are you saying "WTF?" KFC is disgusting.
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Old 02-02-2005, 12:29 PM
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'WTF' at what? Why are you outraged?
Somehow I knew I was going to get this response from you guys...

Whats next then...watermelons?!?

And I love how Sharpton still is "cool" with chitlins and pork rinds. If you are going to take a side...don't do it "half-way"
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Somehow I knew I was going to get this response from you guys...

Whats next then...watermelons?!?

And I love how Sharpton still is "cool" with chitlins and pork rinds. If you are going to take a side...don't do it "half-way"
This is why he is not against those things: "The chicken industry is way behind the beef and pork industries,"
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Somehow I knew I was going to get this response from you guys...

Whats next then...watermelons?!?

And I love how Sharpton still is "cool" with chitlins and pork rinds. If you are going to take a side...don't do it "half-way"
Are you insane? Do we torture and brutalize watermelons like we do living and breathing chickens?

And I doubt you've even watched the videos of what REALLY goes on in these chicken slaughterhouses.
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I can't help it... I do love KFC chicken burgers! Yum!
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I can't help it... I do love KFC chicken burgers! Yum!
Be sure to watch exactly what they do to the poor chickens you're eating.

http://www.petatv.com/tvpopup/Prefs....=sharpton_long
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Actually I don't know why I bothered because this is the key statement and the reason for your posting the article and your little "WTF". And then to act as if we're tiresome because we reacted that way, obviously a tactic used to pretend you weren't hanging out for an argument.
He also presented false information by claiming there is an addendum to the video in which Sharpton says he's still cool with pork rinds and chitlins. There is no such thing.
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Be sure to watch exactly what they do to the poor chickens you're eating.

http://www.petatv.com/tvpopup/Prefs....=sharpton_long
I know all about it. Can't help that I still find them delicious!
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I know all about it. Can't help that I still find them delicious!
I just hope you don't buy them, dear.
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I just hope you don't buy them, dear.
I can't remember the last time I had one! We usually go to Burger King or pizza hut. MInd you I don't eat much fast food at all now
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Be sure to watch exactly what they do to the poor chickens you're eating.

http://www.petatv.com/tvpopup/Prefs....=sharpton_long
For GOD sakes they are chickens not human beings. They are hear for well food...either eggs or meat. Like it or not, whatever...its a "brutal" honest fact. They are hear to provide food. Although I do support more sanitary ways of going about killing the chickens...sorry...but that DO have to be killed...in some form or another. Do you think they just magically appear in the box all nice, cooked, and brown?
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Exclamation Don't know who I dislike more...

KFC (Kentucky F**kin' Chicken...Food Poisonin' at it's finest, What did ya expect from the "Colonel and his wee beady eyes and his smug look 'of your gonna like my chicken...") or Rev.Al "Never will be as important as MLK" Sharpton...I think KFC (Keep F**ckin Chuckin'-it-up) wins out!
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For GOD sakes they are chickens not human beings. They are hear for well food...either eggs or meat. Like it or not, whatever...its a "brutal" honest fact. They are hear to provide food. Although I do support more sanitary ways of going about killing the chickens...sorry...but that DO have to be killed...in some form or another. Do you think they just magically appear in the box all nice, cooked, and brown?
When all other arguments fail, just say they're only animals and not human beings.
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