- Rock XXII Bands Rock For Animal Rights By 'Signing Save the Chickens'
Scribe, Black, Aftertaste, Half Step Down, and Others Team Up With petaDishoom
to Fight Against Kentucky Fried Cruelty
Mumbai, Maharashtra, IND, 2007-09-12 (IndiaPRwire.com)
What do you get when you put I-Rock's top rock bands together with
petaDishoom, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India's Youth
Division? A very loud statement of compassion for animals and absolutely no
tolerance for the way more than 850 million chickens raised and killed for KFC
every year are abused. That's why many of the biggest names at this year's huge
Independence Rock XXII festival � including Afterburn, Panatella, Kryptos,
Synaps, Easy Street, Undying Inc. and others � have signed petaDishoom's
anti-KFC petition urging their fans to boycott KFC until the chicken chain stops
its suppliers' worst abuses of chickens.
Why are these bands fed up with KFC? Chickens raised for KFC are bred and
drugged to grow so fast that many become crippled under their own weight. Their
sensitive beaks are cut off, and they are jam-packed into dark, filthy sheds. At
abattoirs, many are still conscious when their throats are cut and they are
dumped in scalding-hot defeathering tanks. A PETA US undercover investigation
documented on videotape that workers at a US KFC Supplier of the Year were
kicking, throwing and stomping on live birds and spray-painting their faces.
Investigations of KFC suppliers around the world have also revealed crippled
chickens who endure daily abuses and are forced to live in filth.
"KFC stands for cruelty in our book", says petaDishoom's Puja Joshi. "Every bird
KFC puts in a box or bucket had a miserable life and a frightening death. Along
with India's top rockers, we are asking consumers to boycott KFC until the
company implements basic welfare standards."
The bands playing at I-Rock � including this year's headliner, Parikrama � have
always shown their support for petaDishoom. Because the I-Rock XXII tour also
includes Delhi and Bangalore, more than two dozen band members from all three
cities have added their names to the petition.
For more information and to sign the petition, please visit
PETA India, based in Mumbai, was launched in January 2000. PETA India operates
under the simple principle that animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on
or use for entertainment, while educating policymakers and the public about
animal abuse and promoting an understanding of the right of all animals to be
treated with respect.
PETA India focuses primarily on the areas in which the greatest numbers of
animals suffer the most: in the food and leather industries, laboratories and
the entertainment industry. PETA India�s investigative work, public education
efforts, research, animal rescues, legislative work, special events, celebrity
involvement and national media coverage have resulted in countless improvements
to the quality of life for animals and have saved countless animals� lives.