Friday, September 08, 2006

'KFC Tortures Chicks' activists detained in Singapore

Two animal rights activists with the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), an organisation in the United States, have been detained in Singapore by the police for planning a demonstration outside a KFC restaurant. From Reuters:
Ashley Fruno, a 20-year-old Canadian woman, had planned to protest at a Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) outlet in downtown Singapore on Friday, wearing nothing but a banner reading "Naked Truth: KFC Tortures Chicks."

Fruno and Jason Baker, executive director of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), were questioned for nine hours by Singapore police on Thursday, Baker told Reuters. "We were detained for the whole of yesterday and we're going to be deported today," said Baker, a 34-year-old American.

"We can confirm that there was such a case," a police official told Reuters. He declined further comment.

Baker said the two had been told they would be banned from re-entering Singapore.
According to PETA, KFC has been torturing chickens that end up in its buckets. From
Chickens are probably the most abused animals on the face of the planet—they are treated in ways that would warrant felony cruelty-to-animals charges were they dogs, cats, or even cows or pigs. Because federal laws exempt chickens from the Animal Welfare and Humane Slaughter acts, sadistic and routine cruelty go unpunished, and it is up to companies like KFC to ensure that the chickens who end up in their buckets and boxes are not grossly abused. KFC has ignored this responsibility almost entirely, and its suppliers continue to abuse chickens—who are remarkable animals with distinct personalities, social orders, systems of communication, and intelligence as advanced as that of many other animals—in ways that would be illegal if dogs and cats were the victims.

KFC’s breeding birds have their sensitive beaks seared off with hot blades soon after they are born. "Broilers," or chickens raised for their flesh, are bred and drugged in order to make them gain weight quickly, which often causes their hearts and lungs to fail and their legs to become crippled under their own heavy bodies. Archaic slaughter methods and faulty machinery, combined with an absence of laws to protect chickens, cause millions of them to be scalded alive in feather-removal tanks or have their throats slit while they are still conscious.

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