[SU The Daily Orange]
The Syracuse Animal Rights Organization held a public protest against Syracuse University's support of KFC Corp. Monday afternoon. The protest focused on improving KFC's treatment of chickens and removing the restaurant chain's presence on campus.
Student representatives and community volunteers of the group, including one individual dressed as a bright yellow bird, demonstrated outside Kimmel Hall, home to a campus KFC. Members of SARO colored the sidewalk with chalk messages against KFC and collected student signatures and e-mail addresses to form a petition against the restaurant.
"We are asking (KFC) to adopt some minimum animal welfare guidelines that they so far have refused to listen to," said Amber Coon, campaign coordinator of SARO. "So we're hoping that (by) getting on campus and getting around … that KFC will have to choose between listening to their customers and listening to the fact that animals feel pain and need to be treated well, or they're not going to do business anymore."
"I agree with what they're doing, but I'm really not a big fan of PETA," said Mark Carey, a junior illustration and computer science major.
Carey took one of the fliers produced by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals that SARO was passing out, but he did not put his name on the petition.
Ethan Young, a junior in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, signed SARO's list.
"I think it's a good cause," he said. "I'm usually not on the side of PETA, but this sounds like a pretty reasonable cause. They bring up a good point: We wouldn't do this to dogs and cats ... I agree with it on that end."
SARO, along with members of PETA, will be on campus today for another protest outside Kimmel.
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