I seem to be writing a lot about fast food lately, which is somewhat ironic since Jane and I really don’t eat a lot of fast food. The notable exception here is Taco Bell. They’ve been our lifesaver on the few road-trips we’ve taken since we’ve gone vegan. Their bean burrito (hold the cheese) is vegan, and we find it satisfying. But for the most part, unless we’ve got young omnivores to accommodate, we tend to shy away from fast food establishments. Our feeling is that they’re out to make money, not to worry about providing us with sound nutrition; not to mention the fact that it’s usually pretty difficult to find a vegan meal at most of these places.
So after repeatedly picking on Canada, first for the Baby Seal Hunt, and then for the Hog Slaughter Subsidy, we find ourselves congratulating our neighbors to the north. KFC – Canada will be offering a vegan “chicken” product to its customers. But perhaps, more importantly, they’ve also pledged to buy their chickens from producers who treat their chickens more humanely. This means a better life for the chickens (more light, more room, less growth hormone) and a more humane slaughter — the chickens will be gassed instead of being scalded to death or having their throats slit while still conscious.
This is a major victory, and Peta will be ending its campaign against KFC Canada. Peta is still campaigning to end these practices in the US and the UK. They’ve got a petition you can sign if you’re interested, asking KFC to adopt the same animal welfare plan as KFC-Canada and pledging to boycott them until they do so.
Globe and Mail