Flies Between Animal Rights Groups
Victoria News (Canada)
vegan versus vegan on Douglas Street Thursday as two animal rights organizations
squared off over a display of fake chicken meat and real human flesh.
for the Ethical Treatment of Animals had two scantily-clad activists standing
in the rain trying to lure customers into a Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise
on Douglas Street Thursday.
has been on a Canada-wide promotional campaign promoting Kentucky Fried
Chicken’s new vegetarian sandwich after the restaurant bowed to years
of pressure over their suppliers’ treatment of poultry bound for the
chain’s deep fryers.
two PETA “Lettuce Ladies,” dressed in green bikinis and handing
out free sandwiches, were met by three protesters.
don’t think it’s appropriate PETA to be out promoting KFC, I’ve
gotten two e-mails from them in the last week telling me to go eat at KFC,”
said David Shishkoff, Victoria co-ordinator for U.S.-based organization
Friends of Animals.
a vegan and an animal rights activist, I think that’s an abomination
... because they kill so many chickens.”
a sign reading “Lettuce respect women and animals,” Shishkoff
said the Lettuce Lady campaign, which has also featured ads with Ladysmith-native
Pamela Anderson, “is basically turning women into meat as well, which
I think is really inappropriate.”
lady Nicole Matthews, from Michigan, said she was comfortable using her
figure to move PETA’s message.
a young woman, I choose to use my body to promote animal rights. It’s
an eye-catching way to grab attention. In today’s media market, sex
sells and cruelty to animals is not something most people really want to
said KFC’s decision to offer a vegetarian sandwich should be welcomed.
giving people a cruelty-free choice by having a vegetarian sandwich on the
menu,” said Matthews, seeming as unfazed by the protest as she did
by the cold, wet weather.
said PETA, which still maintains a website called kentuckyfriedcruelty.com
calling for a boycott of KFC, could have expressed its congratulations by
writing a letter, not carrying out a continent-wide publicity blitz on the
Victoria, we have two vegan restaurants -- why aren’t they telling
people to go and eat there?” he asked.