Thursday, Sept 28, 2000 ||Gazette community News
Rob Ostermaier/The Gazette
Franklin Wade and about five others from the United Poultry Concerns stage a protest
outside a Hyattsville KFC restaurant Sunday. The group protests cruelty in the poultry industry.
Animal rights group protests
Hyattsville KFC restaurant
by Jeremy Breningstall
Protesters from Virginia-based animal rights group United Poultry
Concerns picketed the Hyattsville KFC Sunday.
Targeting heavy traffic on Ager Road, seven protesters brandished
signs proclaiming "Friends Don't Eat Friends," "Slaughter of the
Innocent," and "Imagine How They Feel."
"Any chicken that anybody eats had its throat slit while fully
conscious," said Franklin Wade, of Bethesda, a member of the United
United Poultry Concerns was founded in 1990 and has been protesting
KFCs around the Washington Metropolitan Area since February,
according to the group's Web site.
Wade said he does not believe KFCs treatment of chickens is worse
than any other restaurant or grocery store's, but that the
organization is focusing on KFC because the fast-food chicken
restaurant is a mass marketer.
"KFC really makes it convenient for people to eat chicken," Wade
There are 8.5 billion chickens killed in the U.S. each year,
according to Wade.
"Obviously, we cannot rescue all of them," said Wade. "But to those
chickens we save, it matters a lot ... They are thankful that we have
rescued them from the torture and slaughter most humans would inflict
Wade said the United Poultry Concerns is opposed to using all animal
products, including fish, eggs, milk and leather.
Customers entering KFC on Sunday said the protest would not impact
their eating habits.
"I'm not going to stop eating chickens," said Marie Charles, a
KFC's manager Nicola, who would not give her full name,
refused to comment at length. "I don't know
what they're saying out there and it doesn't matter," she said.
The animal rights group operates a sanctuary for 100 chickens in
"When people meet the chickens and see how companionable they are,
they have a more difficult time thinking of them as food," said Wade.
"We're living proof that you can have a healthy lifestyle and not eat
any animals," Wade said. "We've been sitting out in the hot sun all
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