Pamela Anderson clucks over KFC ''cruelty.'' She wants a boycott of the fast-food chain over its treatment of slaughter-bound chickens

By Gary Susman
Updated October 17, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT
Credit: Pamela Anderson: Capital Pictures/

”Stripperella” star Pamela Anderson, who knows a thing or two about breasts and thighs, hopes to launch a boycott of chicken chain KFC. The longtime animal-rights activist is upset about what she calls the ”cruelty and injustice” of the chain’s fowl treatment of its birds (beyond merely slaughtering them and serving them up Extra Crispy). The Canadian-born bombshell wrote an open letter on Wednesday to priszm brandz, a Canadian chain that owns 760 fast-food outlets (including KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and Long John Silver’s restaurants), saying, ”If people knew how KFC treats chickens, they’d never eat another drumstick.”

Anderson, who has participated in various campaigns on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, says KFC pumps the birds with hormones and slaughters them by scalding. ”I am calling for a boycott of all KFC restaurants until my friends at PETA tell me that you have agreed to be kinder in your practices,” she writes.

PETA spokesman Michael McGraw says the activist group realizes that people aren’t going to stop eating meat and poultry anytime soon, but adds that PETA is only trying to hold KFC to the animal-treatment standards other fast-food chains have agreed to. ”In this case, we are simply asking KFC to follow the steps of Wendy’s, McDonald’s and Burger King,” McGraw says, according to E! Online.

Neither KFC nor parent company Yum! Brands have responded to Anderson’s letter, but a statement on the franchise’s website says KFC ”is committed to the humane treatment of animals.”