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KFC Canada Commit to 100% CAK Meat Purchase

by 5m Editor
4 June 2008, at 1:11pm

CANADA - KFC Canada this week became the first major restaurant chain ever to commit to sourcing all of its meat exclusively from controlled-atmosphere killing slaughterhouses, albeit with a little pressure from PETA.

For more than five years, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), have been pressuring fast-food chain KFC to increase the welfare measures of its chicken. Now, it seems that they have scored an unlikely victory in Canada and, as a result, have declared that they will be ending their boycott. However, the boycott is ready to continue in other countries where KFC has restaurants, including the United States, until they follow KFC Canada's lead.

According to PETA the decision follows months of closed-door negotiations between PETA and KFC Canada. "KFC Canada agreed to a historic new animal welfare plan that will dramatically improve the lives and deaths of millions of chickens killed for KFC Canada", declared a PETA press release.

KFC Canada has agreed to phase in purchases of 100 percent of its chickens from suppliers that use controlled-atmosphere killing. This would make it the first major restaurant chain to commit to phasing in the exclusive purchasing of chicken meat from CAK slaughterhouses.

The company has also agreed to add a vegan faux-chicken item to the menu of all 461 Priszm-owned KFC restaurants, improve its animal welfare audit criteria to reduce the number of broken bones and other injuries suffered by birds and urge its suppliers to adopt better practices.

KFC Canada have now Formed an animal welfare advisory panel to monitor the changes and recommend further advancements.

5m Editor