Activists protest against KFC in St. Petersburg
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04/13/09 Andrea Lypka
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Florida Voices of Animals (FVA), an animal-rights activism group, protested Sunday outside of the KFC at the intersection of 63rd Avenue and 9th St. N. against the alleged KFC suppliers' treatment of chickens on farms and slaughterhouses.

A dozen animal activists boycotted against the food chain, holding banners that read “KFC stop boiling chickens alive” and “KFC tortures animals;” some signs displayed the image of a scalded chicken or pictures of tortured chickens. The protesters distributed leaflets and displayed a cage with chickens cramped into it.

The protest was part of a campaign by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals or PETA that pushes for an international boycott of KFC until their standards in treating chickens are raised, said Nikki Benoit outreach coordinator for Florida Voices of Animals.

“The nearly 1 billion poultry killed each year for KFC are tortured in ways that could result in cruelty to animals charges if other animals were the victims,” she said. The chickens are allegedly bred in over-crowded conditions to grow so large that many become crippled from the weight of their massive upper bodies, she said.

For more information about the organization and its events, visit theTampa Area Animal Rights Meetup Group website. To find out information about the KFC campaign visit KFCCruelty.com.

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