KFC Accidentally Tries to Buy Building From PETA

PETA hates KFC. KFC, presumably hates PETA. Who knew it would destroy a real estate deal?

From the New York Times:

    The real estate department of Yum Brands made a $1 million offer this month for property on the corner of Monticello Avenue and 20th Street, on the fringes of downtown Norfolk. Unbeknownst to Yum, the property was owned by the PETA Foundation, a nonprofit group that provides support services for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, known as PETA.

    The animal rights group has been engaged in a campaign against KFC, the Kentucky Fried Chicken chain owned by Yum Brands. The campaign, called Kentucky Fried Cruelty, has sought to force the chain to adopt more stringent animal welfare guidelines.

PETA said KFC could have the building for free…provided “KFC requires its chicken suppliers to adopt the recommendations made by members of its own animal Welfare Advisory Council on March 11, 2005.” KFC replied that they don’t do business with “corporate terrorists.” —MEGHANN MARCO

Even Free, the Price Wasn’t Right [New York Times]

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  1. bluegus32 says:

    “corporate terrorists”? That is fantastically funny. And ironic. I love it.

  2. Amy Alkon says:

    What’s most hilarious (ie, hilarious/stupid) are the people going after foie gras producers. All poultry should live so well as the foie gras ducks and geese at farms in America. And the problem is anthropomorphising the birds. Like many porn stars, don’t have a gag reflex, and dash up to have food poured down their throats in gavage. The man thing is, while we shouldn’t kill or house animals cruelly, animals do not have the same value as humans, and we shouldn’t be prissy about eating them. There’s some indication, through skulls found in Croatia, I believe, that the human brain evolved to be what it is through meat consumption.

  3. AlteredBeast (blaming the OP one article at a time.) says:

    It is one thing to eat meat…but from what I hear, KFC does things like boil the beaks off of the chickens, pumps them so full of…well..whatever they pump them full of, that they can’t even walk, and they just use shovels to move them from one place to another.

    Granted, this is just stuff I’ve heard by way of PETA, but there sounds like there should be a middle ground. Still be a company, still kill the birds, but have some respect for the fact that these are living creatures.

    Also, it sounds like PETA just wants KFC to abide by recommendations KFC’s own council reccomended. Not like they are saying each chicken should have a luxury suite and gourmet feed.

  4. kenposan says:

    From Epicurious.com

    Although the literal translation from French is “fat liver,” foie gras is the term generally used for goose liver. This specialty of Alsace and Perigord is, in fact, the enlarged liver from a goose or duck that has been force-fed and fattened over a period of four to five months. These specially bred fowl are not permitted to exercise, which, combined with the overeating, creates a huge (up to 3 pounds), fatty liver.

    Yep, that doesn’t sound cruel. You are correct that studies have shown that early man needed meat to develop the brain. But early man didn’t torture animals to accomplish that feat, either. He didn’t kill to make “delicacies”. He killed to survive.

  5. rekoil says:

    Don’t forget, these are the same folks that are trying to tell people that your cat or dog should be on a vegetarian diet…

    http://www.peta.org/factsheet/files/FactsheetDisplay.asp?I

  6. ACurmudgeon says:

    Altered Beast: as far as I know and I have been able to find out it is completely illegal to inject hormones into food chickens in this country. I just mention it because I have heard from all kind of people, “Oh, the hormones given to chicken are affecting our kids!” but that is just not true. Just passing on what I have found. So what ever KFC is “pumping” into the chickens, well I don’t know what it is either, but I have concluded that it is not hormones.

  7. non-meat-stick says:

    yeah rekoil, don’t for get it. It’s a fucking suggestion

  8. ACurmudgeon says:

    Ah, here is just what I wanted: http://www.snopes.com/horrors/food/kfc.asp

  9. adamondi says:

    Mmmmmm. Makes me want to get a KFC Famous Bowl on the way home today. Gotta love that popcorn chicken.

  10. buthidae says:

    Those pesky terrorists, always demanding people follow their own recommendations.

    Where do they get off, anyway? Next they’ll be demanding that people take responsibility for their own actions! Where will it end? Can we not stop the madness?!

  11. Paul D says:

    I’m no fan of PETA, but I’d peg Yum Brands for a “corporate terrorist” before I pegged PETA for the same.

  12. Magister says:

    If god didn’t want us to eat animals, he wouldn’t have made them out of meat.

  13. ACurmudgeon says:

    I’ll agree they both suck, YUM and PETA. But KFC was once a great thing. It is a shame what others have done to the colonel’s memory…

  14. On the DVD ‘Who Put The ‘M’ In Manchester’, Morrissey’s concert vid, at the end, tacked on is a underground video of the bad stuff they do to animals during processing.

    Highlights include:

    – beating lame chickens and pigs to death so they don’t eat feed and cost the farm money

    – AlteredBeast – you’re right – they actually sear off the beak with soldering device so that the stressed out birds don’t peck each other

    – still processing cows with tumors for consumption [they use the parts without the tumors]

    – immobilizing cows, pigs, and chickens in pens so that they can’t move around, and so their muscles atrophy, and they can’t walk or their legs break

    – watching a pig get hoisted up, its neck slit, and then falling out of the truss to bleed out and wander around the plant

    It makes you not want to eat meat, but sadly, I am too much of a meat eater, not to.

    I just try and buy meat products from smaller farms because, or a butcher who deals with local farms.

    I understand getting meat involves killing a living thing, and it’s not pretty, at least by our civilized standards of day to day life.

    I am more concerned about how big processors use techniques that can introduce pathogens to the food supply.

  15. testkahuna says:

    Mmmm, chicken.

  16. phrygian says:

    I raise (pet) chickens. I’m not a vegetarian and will eat chicken. Although I prefer humanely raised broilers, they’re difficult to find. Chickens are more intelligent than most people give them credit for and they don’t deserve the treatment they receive at some industrial farms. Chickens should never be pinioned or debeaked or crammed into tiny cages where they end up beating each other up over food. Chickens are easy to keep and care for; there’s really no excuse for chicken farms to not treat them humanely. You can always argue that killng a chicken for food is, in itself inhumane, but I’m willing to pay more for knowing that the bird loved life when it was alive. Plus, hens that are truly raised free-range and allowed to scratch/eat bugs are healthier and tastier. Everyone prefers tasty food, right?

  17. Won’t someone think of the chickens?

  18. raindog says:

    Remember, every time you post about PETA, God kills a chicken. Please, think of the chickens.

  19. superbmtsub says:

    Sick. Debeakin chickens before they’re dead??? Sinful southerners I tell ya!

  20. AcidReign says:

    …..KFC chickens, fattened up? What’s this? No way! In my experience, KFC has some of the tiniest, wizened-up, dried-out pieces of fried chicken around. Well, maybe Krystal can compete. I’ve seen grasshoppers here in Alabama with bigger thighs than KFC has! I always figured they offed ‘em right after they hatch!

  21. sr105 says:

    While I wouldn’t stand up to defend KFC’s corporate practices, I don’t believe they have ever been shown to directly finance an actual terrorist organization. But PETA, yeah, they have.

    http://www.google.com/search?&q=PETA%20ALF