February 01, 2005

Crazy Al joining PETA to boycott KFC

Al Sharpton has made an eight-minute video for PETA, and is calling for a boycott of KFC restaurants in conjunction with the animal rights group.

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.

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.

I wonder just how much they're paying Crazy Al not to eat at KFC (and to try to get the rest of us not to eat there).

Posted by: mhking at 06:35 PM | Comments (6) | Add Comment
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1 I'd boycott KFC myself, but not because they abuse chickens, but because THEY DON'T USE CHIKENS! I'm a Popeye's guy myself. Too bad there ain't no franchise up here in Halifax. Snide aside alert: Blacks boycotting chicken? Makes as much sense as Pinoys boycotting rice! (Google "Pinoy" if you wanna know, eh?) Respect.

Posted by: Y-2-DRAY at February 01, 2005 07:18 PM (4hquJ)

2 I hear KFC is distraught at Rev. Al's entry into the dispute. Losing him as a customer is going to be hell on thier quarterly earnings. Ric

Posted by: Ric Landers at February 01, 2005 08:38 PM (kJCyj)

3 I suddenly have the urge for a 2 piece.

Posted by: BH at February 02, 2005 05:27 AM (J3+1w)

4 I'm sure Rev. Al will be able to survive without KFC. He'll still have Church's and Popyeye's around to get his finger-lickin' on.

Posted by: D.C. Thornton at February 02, 2005 03:26 PM (jCeqP)

5 My trackback feature doesn't seem to be working at the moment but I wrote this and linked to you here. PETA is run by a bucnh of shady nut jobs who obviously don't get enough protein.

Posted by: Samantha at February 03, 2005 08:34 AM (Ihkjb)

6 Why do you people even leave stupid comments if you don't give a damn about animals! KFC make their chickens so top heavy that their weight becomes too much for their tiny legs to handle so they break and the poor creatures spend their whole lives crippled and then end up on someones plate!! Eating meat is cruel i would never be able to put an animal in my mouth that's just plain gross, you people make me sick!

Posted by: Melissa at March 29, 2005 04:05 AM (ds9Kj)

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