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Pamela Anderson takes on KFC
Pamela Anderson sends letter to KFC on behalf of PETA
February 3, 2009 3:10 by Dana El Baltaji
Pamela Anderson has written a letter to Noumair Tabib, chairman of UAE operations for fast-food giant KFC, on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to protest against the treatment of chicken at KFC’s farms. Below is the letter.
Toward the end of the letter, she wrote: “I’m sure you’re a compassionate person.” You have to hand it to her for trying. What she doesn’t know is that perhaps Tabib is a compassionate person, but like many businessmen in this part of the world, animals and their welfare is the last thing on his mind.
Unless, that is, the abuse chicken suffer affects the end product. If Anderson can convince Tabib that chicken taste better when they haven’t been thrashed to death (do they?), she might have a case on her hands.
If not, then… well… here, have a family bucket.
Dear Mr Tabib,
As you might know, for more than five years, I have been publicly campaigning with my friends at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and PETA Asia-Pacific to urge KFC to stop the worst abuses suffered by the nearly 1 billion chickens raised and killed for KFC’s restaurants every year. As the head of KFC in the UAE, you have the power to help improve the way that chickens – who are interesting, inquisitive animals and whom studies have revealed are smarter than cats, dogs and even some primates – are treated.
As you know, the company that coordinates the purchase of chickens for Canadian KFCs has entered into an agreement with PETA US, which includes landmark animal welfare reforms that will greatly improve the living and dying conditions for chickens killed for Canadian KFCs. But KFCs elsewhere are still lagging behind. PETA investigations at KFC suppliers have consistently uncovered hideous abuse. Chickens raised for KFC are drugged and bred to grow so large so quickly that they often become crippled under the weight of their massive upper bodies. In some countries, birds are scalded to death in tanks of hot water. At one KFC “Supplier of the Year” slaughterhouse, workers were documented slamming live chickens against a wall, kicking them across the room, spitting tobacco into their eyes and stamping them to death.
I’m sure you’re a compassionate person who agrees that animals – whether they are dogs, cats or chickens – should not be abused and that working to stop this unnecessary cruelty should be a top priority. Please use your unique position to stop the worst abuses suffered by these sensitive birds by asking David Novak, CEO of Yum! Brands (KFC’s parent company), to make the improvements recommended by PETA and KFC’s own former animal welfare advisors.
Thank you for your time.