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PETA Asia Stages First-Ever Kota Kinabalu Protest and Calls On People to Boycott KFC


For Immediate Release:

27 February 2010


Kota Kinabalu -- Hobbling on a crutch and wrapped in bandages, a giant "chicken" carrying signs reading, "Kentucky Fried Cruelty: Boycott KFC" and "KFC: Stop Chicken Cruelty", will stand outside a KFC restaurant in Kota Kinabalu to protest against KFC's abusive treatment of factory-farmed fowl. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia's demonstration against KFC Malaysia -- the first of its kind to be held in Kota Kinabalu -- is part of an international campaign urging KFC to adopt basic animal welfare guidelines to ensure that chickens raised and killed by KFC do not suffer the worst abuses that birds who are slaughtered for their flesh currently suffer.


Date:  Sunday, 28 February
Time:  12 noon sharp
Place:  KFC Water Front, Segama Complex


KFC's suppliers kill hundreds of millions of chickens each year. KFC Malaysia refuses to eliminate the worst abuses that chickens suffer on factory farms and in slaughterhouses. Chickens killed for KFC are drugged and bred to grow so large that they often become crippled from supporting the weight of their bodies. At slaughterhouses, birds' throats are cut while they are still conscious, and many birds are scalded to death in defeathering tanks.


"KFC could greatly reduce chickens' suffering by changing their practices", says PETA Asia Director Jason Baker. "The best thing that individuals can do to help chickens is to stop eating at KFC -- and to let the company know why they're boycotting the restaurant."


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