Have you ever wondered about the ingredients in the Colonel's "secret recipe" chicken? If the flesh came from Tyson Foods, a major KFC supplier, there's a chance that part of the big secret is that the bird was coated with human waste before reaching the dinner plate.
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PETA conducted an undercover investigation in 2004/2005 at a Tyson slaughterhouse in Heflin, Alabama, but even that did not prepare us for the disgusting acts that were documented during two investigations in 2007. On nine separate days, PETA's investigator saw workers urinating in the live-hang area, including on the conveyor belt that moves birds to slaughter.
The investigator also documented sickening cruelty to animals in slaughterhouses in Georgia and Tennessee. Supervisors at both facilities either were directly involved in the abuse or were made aware of it by the investigator—but they did not stop it. In addition to the cuts and broken limbs inflicted upon live chickens at nearly every slaughterhouse, the investigator documented the following:
PETA wrote to Tyson Foods and asked the company to fire all the workers who were responsible for the abuse documented in these two facilities, immediately install video cameras on all killing floors and in all hang areas, and hire its own undercover investigators to look for and report cruelty. We are also calling on Tyson and KFC to phase in a far less cruel method of slaughter known as controlled-atmosphere killing, which would eliminate worker contact with live animals.
While these changes would help reduce the suffering of chickens, the single best thing you can do to help animals killed for food is to go vegetarian.
Please write to KFC and Tyson Foods to stop such hideous abuse.
Dear [Decision Maker],