Monday, March 30, 2009

PETA Doubles Down On Pothole Repairs; Hilarity Ensues

This morning, PETA sent a letter to Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson offering to double the payment that KFC has offered the city in exchange for the right to place advertisements on top of repaired potholes. If Louisville agrees to reject KFC's plans to stencil its ads on the patched holes, PETA will pay the city $6,000 toward street repairs in exchange for ads that depict an evil Colonel Sanders next to the tagline "KFC Tortures Animals."

"Louisville streets may have suffered winter damage, but it's nothing compared to what chickens endure on the way to KFC's buckets and boxes," says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. "KFC needs to focus on the holes in its animal welfare policy and try to patch up its reputation for cruelly produced food."

Mayor Abramson has not responded to the organization's offer.

For more information, please visit PETA's blog.

PETA's letter to Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson follows:

March 30, 2009

The Honorable Jerry E. Abramson
Mayor of Louisville

Dear Mayor Abramson:

I am writing on behalf of PETA and our more than 2 million members and supporters--including thousands in the Louisville area--to offer the city twice the amount of money that KFC has paid to place ads for its cruelly produced products on repaired potholes if you will use our funds to stencil "Kentucky Fried Cruelty" artwork (see attached) on the potholes instead. Motorists and pedestrians should know that there is a mile-long record of cruelty to animals behind KFC's business interests.

KFC is a blight on Louisville and beyond. Chickens killed for KFC's fast-food outlets grow up in filthy, extremely crowded sheds, mired in their own waste with no room even to even spread their wings. They are drugged and bred to grow so large so quickly that their young bones often become crippled under the weight of their massive upper bodies. At the slaughterhouse, the birds often suffer painful broken wings and legs when they are dumped from trucks--they are handled as if they were bricks, not living beings made of flesh and blood. Then, their legs are slammed into metal shackles--usually resulting in more broken bones--and their throats are cut while they are still conscious. Many birds are scalded to death when they enter the defeathering tanks. Members of KFC's own animal welfare advisory board have resigned in disgust at KFC's failure to stop the worst abuses of chickens raised and killed for its restaurants.


Tracy Reiman
Executive Vice President

The question is who will step forward next to outbid PETA? This could be a laugh riot at our expense.

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