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AUDIO: World Farm Animals Day at KFC in Santa Cruz

On Sunday October 2, I met up with The Progressive Animal Rights Alliance of Santa Cruz at the Food Bin on Mission St. in Santa Cruz. We marched a few blocks to the KFC on Mission St. to call attention to KFC's cruelty to animals.
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The Progressive Animal Rights Alliance of Santa Cruz works to reduce suffering among both human and non-human animals, with the primary goal of educating people about the cruelty inherent in the many commonly-accepted ways animals are exploited and abused in our society.

Audio: Corporations in Santa Cruz - download the mp3 (1:15 minutes)

Internationally, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has a campain website called KentuckyFriedCruelty.com asking KFC to eliminate the worst abuses that chickens suffer on the factory farms and in the slaughterhouses of its suppliers, including live scalding, life-long crippling, and painful debeaking.

Audio: Ryan - download the mp3 (12:20 minutes)
Ryan talks about health, veganism, the campaign to reform KFC and much more!

There were about a dozen people at the demonstration on Mission St. in Santa Cruz on October 2, World Farm Animals Day, to protest KFC. Mission St. is also Highway 1 and there were a lot of people that honked in support of the demonstration. Informational flyers were passed out to passing motorists, as well as customers who were both entering and leaving KFC. This particular demonstration lasted about an hour, and by the time we left, there were only two customers in the restaurant.

At one point, I was standing on the sidewalk and looking inside the KFC when an employee, shown below sitting with a red shirt at a table, flipped me the bird - you know, gave me the middle finger. I was quite amused by this so I walked up to her and asked her if she wanted to do that again for the camera. She declined and told me she was going to sue me.

But I have to say, the KFC employee of the day award goes to the manager for running after me and kicking me in the upper thigh. It is too bad that Amy, a film student at Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, had stopped filming just seconds prior to him kicking me. However, for what it's worth, she recorded a statement saying that she witnessed the manager kick me. You can listen to the audio file called "amy_10-2-05.mp3" below and see a photo of the manager running just before kicking me.

Audio: Amy - download the mp3 (40 seconds)
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This is the manager of the KFC shown taking photos of demonstrators and calling someone on the phone to report about the demonstration. I have to thank him for trying to get the message out there. Maybe he will send the photos directly to Yum! Brands, Inc., the parent company of KFC. Maybe Yum! Brands will actually stop financing the torture of chickens.
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At one point, I was standing on the sidewalk and looking inside the KFC when the employee shown above wearing a red shirt flipped me the bird - you know, gave me the middle finger. I was quite amused by this so I walked up to her and asked her if she wanted to do that again for the camera. She declined and told me she was going to sue me.
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the manager running just before kicking me
 
 


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Re: AUDIO: World Farm Animals Day at KFC in Santa Cruz

I would report this manager and not let him get away with this. This is serious charge -- assult and battery -- and should not be taken lightly.
 

Re: AUDIO: World Farm Animals Day at KFC in Santa Cruz

by the way,
this audio, RAWKS!
 

Re: AUDIO: World Farm Animals Day at KFC in Santa Cruz

Just a comment to let you know that your action is working. I used to eat at KFC occasionally because I really like their chicken (in spite of what my partner and others think of it). I stopped eating there after I saw the first(?) protest there last year and learned a little from it.

I will continue to boycott them until they change to using livestock that is humanely treated even though I really miss it (sigh).

Can any tell me which of the other big food chains in town (BK, McD, TB, Wendy's) use animals that are not raised humanely?
 

Re: AUDIO: World Farm Animals Day at KFC in Santa Cruz

Unfortunately most fast food chains do not have a very good track record for humane treatment of animals. I prefer to support local establishments because the money will stay in Santa Cruz. The food served at KFC and others is pretty bad for your body as well. There are lots of reasons not to go to places like KFC. Animal cruelty, funding distant corporations versus local businesses, and health reasons are my top 3. Even if KFC changed how they treated their animals I wouldn't go there just based on the other 2 reasons. If you really want to get fried chicken I'd look at the offerings of your local grocery store. Some have fried chicken and they are often cheaper than KFC. If you really shopped around you could probably find free range fried chicken. My family has a history of heart disease so I avoid any food that has the word fried in it which makes me quite uninformed as to the fried chicken offerings in Santa Cruz.
 

Re: AUDIO: World Farm Animals Day at KFC in Santa Cruz

You need some naked chicks from PETA to stand on the sidewalk. Maybe you'll get more attention that way.
 

Re: AUDIO: World Farm Animals Day at KFC in Santa Cruz

For information about the cruel poultry industry and how to end the suffering of chickens, turkeys, geese, ducks and other domestic fowl, visit www.upc-online.org the website of United Poultry Concerns.

Unfortunately "organic" or "free range" chickens often lead miserable lives crammed into dark sheds with only a square foot of space eack. There are no humane standards for "free range" raised chickens.

Free range or not, all are horribly slaughtered. Many chickens are still alive when dragged through boiling water to remove their feather. Women and people of color do most of the low- paid dirty work in slaughterhouse deliberately built in poor areas where people are desperate for any kind of job. Immigrants are pitted against citizens to lower wages.

Baby chicks cruelly "processed" in Live Oak

Each week, thousands of fertile eggs are delivered in huge semi trucks to CAL CRUZ HATCHERY ON 1010 JOSE STREET AT THE CORNER OF JOSE AND RODRIGUEZ IN LIVE OAK NEAR THE SPCA.

Here, the chicken's lives of hell begins. Deformed and male chicks are thrown into garbage bags to suffocate and the survivors are trucked off to lives of misery in cages.

Call the Santa Cruz Board of Supervisors and ask them to shut down this unsanitary smelling bird concentration camp which operates in a residential area. On a hot day, you can smell the stink of rotting dead baby chicks. What a horror.
 

Re: AUDIO: World Farm Animals Day at KFC in Santa Cruz

Isnt it illegal to photograph people without their permission? I thought SC Indiemedia censored some photos here before based on that premise. So what about these employees? Surely they don't consent. Can't they sue Indiemedia now?
 

Re: AUDIO: World Farm Animals Day at KFC in Santa Cruz

Correction. The baby bird concentration camp,CAL CRUZ HATCHERY IS LOCATED ON 1010 RODRIGUEZ ST-not 1010 Jose. in Live Oak across from the old SPCA

Today, another huge semi tractor trailor delived another load of thousands of fertile eggs to Cal Cruz Baby Bird Concentration Camp. In a few days thousands of innocent chicks will hatch, the females doomed to lives of hell—and the males smothered in garbage bags before theyre dry from hatching.

Call the county board of supervisors and demand that they rezone this horror out of our community.

A walk down Rodriguez street will force you to smell the stench of death from the bodies of baby chicks who were born-only to die.
 

Re: AUDIO: World Farm Animals Day at KFC in Santa Cruz

Cruelty has nothing to do with it, boycott KFC 'cause it tastes like crap! Honestly, why people will eat at inferior chains just to save 2 bucks is beyond me...
 

Re: AUDIO: World Farm Animals Day at KFC in Santa Cruz

To n5667: Cruelty has EVERYTHING to do with it! The purpose of our society is to anesthisize and desensitize us to cruelty and suffering. If we rank suffering by the victim (its "only" a chick etc) its on the same continuium that leads to "Its "only" a black person, mexican, woman etc.

The acceptance of ANY suffering is a dangerous slippery ethical slope!
 

Re: AUDIO: World Farm Animals Day at KFC in Santa Cruz

you were kicked surrree

question: why didnt u post a picture of the bruise??



nice try liar
 

Re: AUDIO: World Farm Animals Day at KFC in Santa Cruz

i could give a shit if "Anonymous Poster" believes that the manager, shown running after me, kicked me.

you can listen to the audio of Amy saying that she witnessed the manager kick me.

i did not say that i had a visible bruise.

until all of us are free, none of us are free.
 

Re: AUDIO: World Farm Animals Day at KFC in Santa Cruz

Let me get this straight the kicked you, left no mark, then come on indymedia to complain about it? What a wimp LOL

As for amy, why should i believe some one of the same organization as you? Cite some impartial witnesses.

Couldnt you find a more effective use of your time than standing in front of a KFC ranting and raving? Try helping out at a no kill animal shelter.
 

Re: AUDIO: World Farm Animals Day at KFC in Santa Cruz

I did not "come on indymedia to complain about it." I published an article with some photos and audio on indymedia to share with people what happened at the World Farm Animals Day demo at KFC in Santa Cruz.

Listen, I do not care what you believe, "Anonymous Poster." I've published this article on Santa Cruz Indymedia and you are free to make up your mind and believe whatever you want.

I did not say that I was with any particular organization. This was the first time that Amy and I have met. As the article states, Amy is a film student at Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara. She came up to Santa Cruz to interview people and document the demonstration against KFC.

Finally, if you have some good ideas how to best use time to advocate to justice.... by all means, go for it!
 

Re: AUDIO: World Farm Animals Day at KFC in Santa Cruz

Get over yourself, you are here to complain. I listened to ur mp3. The only thing on there is how the manager kicked you, nothing about why you are protesting at kfc or anything else, just about the kick. Stop being a crybaby.
 

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