Saturday, October 23

PETA Demo: Kentucky Fried Cruelty

On Tuesday 19 October 2010, we held an anti-KFC protest on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). We featured four PETA activists in cages on the pavement outside a KFC in Randburg, Johannesburg, South Africa.

The protest was held to draw attention to the terrible conditions chickens are kept in at KFC suppliers. Chickens at KFC suppliers have their toes and beaks cut off and are thrown into packed warehouses that are never cleaned. The smell of feces is overwhelming. The birds are fed growth-inducing antibiotics routinely and are bred for maximum meat. Their little legs often become crippled under their own weight. The birds are dumped into scalding hot water – even if they are still conscious – to remove their feathers.

These abuses are unnecessary, and unforgivable.

We held this protest to ask South Africans to boycott KFC until they make some basic humane changes.

The activists were such troopers and didn’t move when it started raining! As fourteen-year-old activist Jamie said, “The chickens can’t leave when they’re uncomfortable.”

The demonstration went very well and got into the Beeld, the Citizen, the Times, and the Randburg Sun.

Many thanks to Ashley and PETA Asia Pacific for all the help and support, and to all the activists who showed up for the demo, and stayed through the rain. 

The Beeld


  1. I am a vegetarian for 17 years now and i am a HUGE animal lover!Great to know there are people like us that truly care about animals.Big up to you!