BOSTON “" Frank Black, frontman for alternative rockers The Pixies, recently signed a petition urging KFC to improve the living conditions‚ of the chickens it uses in its meals.

Sponsored by peta2, the world’s largest animal rights youth organization, the petition implores the fast-food chain to‚ “improve the lives” of chickens who “suffer from extremely crowded conditions, crippling bone and joint problems resulting from top-heavy breeding, callous handling, inhumane slaughter techniques, and shortened life spans.”

Black (a.k.a. Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV) joins a growing list of musicians”"including Serj Tankian, Pink, Rise Against, Alkaline Trio, and Fall Out Boy”"who have partnered with the group to inspire youths to become animal rights activitsts.
The nearly 1 billion chickens who are raised and killed for KFC every year are drugged and bred to grow so large that many become crippled from the weight of their massive upper bodies, according to peta2. Their throats are often cut while they are still conscious, and millions of birds are scalded to death in defeathering tanks every year, the group says.

“Frank knows that consumers care about animal welfare, and he’s helping to spread the word that KFC stands for cruelty,” says peta2’s Lara Sanders. “After all, if KFC executives treated cats or dogs the way that they allow KFC’s suppliers to treat chickens, they’d be hit with cruelty-to-animals charges.”
For more information or to sign the petition, visit

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