KFC Canada and PETA reach agreement
Peta has announced a major victory for the
organisation - following 5 years of pressure, fast-food chain KFC in Canada is
to "give in to their demands". Consequently, PETA will end its Kentucky Fried
"Following months of closed-door negotiations between PETA and KFC Canada,
we are thrilled to announce that KFC Canada has agreed to a historic new animal
welfare plan that will dramatically improve the lives and deaths of millions of
chickens killed for KFC Canada," said the organisation.
The company will take the following actions:
â€¢ Phase in purchases
of 100% of its chickens from suppliers that use controlled-atmosphere killing
(CAK). KFC Canada is the first major restaurant chain to commit to phasing in
the exclusive purchasing of chicken meat from CAK slaughterhouses.
a vegan faux-chicken item to the menu of all 461 Priszm-owned KFC restaurants
(more than half of all the KFCs in Canada).
â€¢ Improve its animal
welfare audit criteria to reduce the number of broken bones and other injuries
suffered by birds.
â€¢ Urge its suppliers to adopt better practices,
including improved lighting, lower stocking density and ammonia levels, and a
phase-out of growth-promoting drugs and breeding practices that cripple
â€¢ Form an animal welfare advisory panel to monitor the changes
and recommend further advancements.
"It's going to drastically reduce the suffering of chickens in
slaughterhouses and also . . . improve the living conditions for animals while
they're on the farm," said PETA's assistant director of corporate affairs, Matt
KFC Canada President Steve Langford: "It will be nice to put this behind
usâ€¦ Our preference is to have nothing negative attached to our brandâ€¦ Once I got
involved and we actually met face to face, we found out that we had no
differences of opinion about how animals should be treated."
PETA's campaign, which garnered international attention, has included more
than 12,000 protests at KFC restaurants and outside the homes of company senior
The boycott will continue in other countries where KFC has restaurants,
including the US, until they follow KFC Canada's lead.
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