A worker with the rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has changed his name to KentuckyFriedCruelty.com to support a campaign against the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant chain.
The former Chris Garnett says the name is official, and he has the driver’s license and papers to prove it.
The new name “never fails to spark a discussion,” said the 19-year-old, who serves as youth outreach coordinator for PETA.
PETA’s anti-KFC campaign is based on video footage taken last year showing alleged mistreatment of chickens by a supplier in West Virginia.
KentuckFriedCruelty.com’s driver’s license (courtesy PETA)
KFC’s parent, Yum! Brands, disputes the claims, and a grand jury in June refused to indict former workers at the West Virginia plant.
KentuckyFriedCruelty.com, according to the website bearing his name, said his parents have been supportive since he went vegan at age 15 but “were a little shocked at first” with the name change.
They still call him Chris, but “have accepted the change.”
The website says “KentuckyFriedCruelty.com’s advocacy for animals has been the defining force in his life since he was a child.”
“His father would take him fishing, but when he saw the animals struggling at the end of a hook, he insisted on taking up bird-watching instead. He started the first animal rights group at both his high school and college, fought for the right of students to refuse dissection, and pressured cafeteria officials to offer more vegetarian options.”
Under the young man’s leadership, PETA has “more than 100,000 dedicated young activists across the country who will mobilize in defense of animals at a moment’s notice.”
PETA says more than 850 million chickens killed each year for KFC are “tortured in ways that would result in felony cruelty-to-animals charges if dogs or cats were the victims – from being drugged and bred to grow so large that many become crippled from the weight of their massive upper bodies to having their throats slit and being scalded to death while they’re still conscious.”
The animal-rights group says its anti-KFC campaign is supported by Pamela Anderson, Rev. Al Sharpton, Paul McCartney and the Dalai Lama.
Called “Holocaust on Your Plate,” the campaign drew the comparison using explicit and graphic images of fluffy white chickens crowded into barnyard cages and emaciated adults and children peering out from behind barbed wire at the death camps.