Friends of poultry protest in Vienna
By JOSH LOFTIN
Four vegetarians who eat no animal products yesterday picketed
a Vienna restaurant to protest the "inhumane slaughter" of chickens
by poultry farmers supplying national fast food chains.
Standing next to Kentucky Fried Chicken on Vienna's Maple
Avenue, members of United Poultry Concerns, based in Washington,
D.C., held signs with pictures of headless chickens and slogans,
such as "Chickens Have Feelings."
"Chickens are wonderful creatures if they're allowed to be
themselves," protester Franklin Wade said. "They can't be themselves
packed into coops and living in their own feces."
The protest drew the attention of Vienna police, who made the
group move from a sidewalk, which is considered public property.
They also entered into a brief exchange with KFC managers.
The group avoided joining other animal rights activists during
the large D.C. protests against the World Bank for fear of getting
lost in the crowd.
"This is our specific thing, and our message would probably get
lost down there," protester Jamey West said, although she admitted
that most of their supporters had probably gone to the other rally.
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