Al Sharpton Preaches Compassion for Chickens

Hello, Iím Rev. Al Sharpton for People for
the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Many people think that animals raised for food live outdoors,
on family farms, and lead a pretty good life. That might have been true when I was a kid,
but not now. Did you know that today, chickens raised by KFC spend their entire lives living
crammed together in giant warehouses called ìfactory farms,î where they are tortured
in ways itís hard to even imagine? Itís true. Youíre probably thinking ìRev. Al,
why would they do something like that? And how can they get away with it?î Well Iíll
tell you a little secret. Thereís only one miserly law that protects animal raised for
food in this country, itís called the Humane Slaughter Act, and you know what? It doesnít
cover chickens at all. So big corporations like KFC can do whatever they want to chickens.
And just so this multi-billion dollar company can save some chump change, KFC cuts corners
with basic animal welfare, and that means itís the birds who suffer so the executives
can get rich. KFC: thatís foul! How does the black community figure into all
this? KFC is not black owned, but it sure knows to market heavily to African-Americans.
And KFC announced at its investor meeting that it intends to push itself on us even
harder, obviously hoping we wonít care about what they do to the underdog or, in this case,
the underchicken. But after you watch this video, youíll see that while what KFC does
to chickens may not break any law, itís just plain wrong. So, I say, if KFC wants to take
our money and use it to pay for sloppy practices that hurt animalsóI say we send them a message
that this is not going to happen. Iím calling on people to boycott KFC until they adopt
animal welfare systems recommended by PETA and until they stop the worst abuses of the
birds they raise for their restaurants. Let me tell you a little bit about the life
of a KFC chicken. The suffering starts just a couple of days after theyíre born. Thatís
when KFC suppliers cut off the beaks of breeding birds with a plain hot blade. The birds get
no painkillers, because that would cost the company money. Sometimes the baby chicks even
drop dead from the shock. I know I might. They cut off these birdsí beaks because they
cram these birds so tightly into sheds that the birds barely have any room to move, and
just go crazy and peck at each other. PETA is only asking KFC to give the birds a few
extra inches to get out of each otherís way, but KFC would rather just have their suppliers
cut the beaks off to solve the problem. KFC: thatís foul! Let me tell you another thing: KFC suppliers
breed and drug their birds so that they grow so fat, so fast, they can kill them in less
than 2 months. Because theyíre such ridiculously heavy, Frankenstein chickens, their legs canít
even hold them up and they often cripple beneath their bodies. So many of the birds spend their
short lives crippled, flapping around in their own mess. KFC: thatís filthy and thatís
foul. Even though theyíre young, some of these
fat birds drop dead from heart attacks and lung failureóand they just leave their dead
bodies in with the live chickens they hope youíll eat later. PETA wants KFC to stop
thinking they know more than God and to allow the birds to grow the way chickens are meant
to grow, but KFC would rather increase profits by having their suppliers pump them up with
drugs, which get passed on to the people who eat them and are bad for your health. When KFCís chickens are hauled off to be
killed, workers come into the barn and cram the chickens into crates on the backs of trucks.
Workers are paid by how many birds they can load, not by the hour, so they have to work
fast, which means they grab four or five birds in each hand and shove those birds into the
crates like theyíre stuffing sacks of laundry. Birds end up with broken wings and legs. PETA
wants KFC to have the workers load the birds mechanically, something scientifically proven
to cause fewer injuries, but they wonít do it, just because it costs this big corporation
more and they donít like to spend money just out of the goodness of their hearts. In the slaughterhouse, the birds get hung
upside down in metal shackles by their legsóand remember that some of those legs are already
broken, so this is painful. The birds are then dunked in an electrified bath that might
just knock them unconscious, except, to cut costs, KFC suppliers turn the electricity
really low, and a lot of the birds donít get stunned properly. That means those birds
have their throats cut open while theyíre still fully awake and looking at whatís going
on. Then comes the worst partómany of the birds are actually scalded alive in tanks
of hot water where their feathers are softened so they can get taken off easily. That must
be about the most painful thing you can imagine. PETA has asked KFC to use a new slaughter
method that would put the chickens to sleep before any of this, but, again, KFC doesnít
want to spend the money. KFC: thatís foul. Let me tell you another thing. At one KFC
slaughterhouse in West Virginia, a PETA undercover investigator videotaped workers being cruel
just for fun, throwing live chickens into walls, slamming them to the ground, stomping
up and down on them, and tearing them apart. He saw the same thing, day in and day out,
for months. Plant management knew this abuse was going on but they didnít do a single
thing to stop it. This plant was where they had a KFC ìsupplier of the yearî award ceremonyóin
other words, this is the best KFC can do? Itís simpleóif we give our money to KFC,
weíre paying for a life of misery for some of Godís most helpless creatures. So Iím
asking you to join me in boycotting KFC until they meet PETAís simple demandsógive animals
more room, stop the drugs, and stop scalding them alive. For pityís sake, knock these
birds out, KFC. Until they do those things, letís take our business elsewhere and tell
KFC cruelty to animals is foul! Visit to learn about the changes PETA and I are
asking KFC to make. Thank you.


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