Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Shocking News: KFC is Bad for Chickens

According to the New York Times, PETA is releasing a videotape featuring slaughterhouse employees at a Kentucky Fried Chicken supplier

"...jumping up and down on live chickens, drop-kicking them like footballs and slamming them into walls, apparently for fun."
What could be more fun than being drenched in the sensual smell of splattered chicken guts? An anonymous undercover investigator said:

"...he saw 'hundreds' of acts of cruelty, including workers tearing beaks off, ripping a bird's head off to write graffiti in blood, spitting tobacco juice into birds' mouths, plucking feathers to 'make it snow,' suffocating a chicken by tying a latex glove over its head, and squeezing birds like water balloons to spray feces over other birds.
A feces shower? I thought that was limited to KFC's rarely-cleaned restrooms. But why would workers treat chickens this way? Boredom and long, lonely nights, of course.

"He said the behavior was 'to alleviate boredom or vent frustrations,' especially when so many birds were coming in that they would have to work late."
But isn't the loud music of today's MTV youth culture really to blame?

"The tape includes loud music the workers listen to, the screeching of the birds and the sound of each hitting the wall."
The Great Gonzo was not available for comment.

Click here if you never want to eat chicken again.


Blogger Phelps said...

Once again, I have shat myself. Half from laughing, half from horror. All from chicken abuse.

4:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What, is it up to me to make the obvious "there go those conservatives choking their chickens all day long," joke?

5:41 PM  
Blogger Mitch said...

As soon as I saw the words "jumping on the chickens" all I could think of was that crappy 80s video by Wham - Start Me Up. Don't tell me you couldn't see George Michaels dancing around on those sweet poulets like Michael J Fox in a palsy fit.

11:23 PM  
Blogger God of History said...

I watched the video. Reminds me of German and Russian camps in the 1930s & 1940s. But even more interesting is the following statement taken directly from the PETA web site:

"Chickens are inquisitive and interesting animals who are thought to be as intelligent as cats, dogs, and even primates. When in their natural surroundings, rather than on factory farms, they form friendships and social hierarchies, recognize one another, care for their young, and enjoy a full life of dust-bathing, making nests, roosting in trees, and more."

As kids, Thom and I participated in the raising of chickens and rabbits on our country "estate". I must say, I've never seen an intelligent chicken (or rabbit) that even begins to compare with a dog, cat or primate (except for Ted Kennedy, but most don't consider him a primate). Social structures? Friendships? Full lives? More like pecking the feathers off each others backs until they develop ulcers and oozing sores. Eating the other chicken feces. And when slaughtered, fighting over the internals and heads of their deceased "friends" (even Liberals ain't that cannibalistic during their primaries).

KFC, "Finger Lickin' Good".

11:50 AM  

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