Thursday, April 16, 2009

Kids Used PETA as Resource

Animal-rights protest targets McDonald's
By Noelle Frampton STAFF WRITER
Updated: 04/15/2009 11:12:43 PM EDT

MILFORD -- Kristyn Bacon admits her last name is somewhat ironic. After all, she's been a vegetarian for nearly two years and now, at 17, she's become an animal-rights activist.

Bacon, a junior at Bunnell High School, in Stratford, wore a chicken-head cap and smeared herself with blotches of red paint Wednesday afternoon to signify a bloodied bird. But Bacon is no chicken: She marched barefoot in front of the McDonald's on Bridgeport Avenue, in the Devon section, with two friends, in hopes of raising awareness about the way the mega fast-food chain slaughters fowl.

About a week ago, Bacon discovered on the Internet claims by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, that McDonald's Corp. kills chickens by hanging them upside-down in metal shackles, slitting their throats and then dumping them into "scalding-hot" water to de-feather them when some are still alive.

She and her friends, Sabrina Jean-Baptiste, 17, a senior at Kolbe Cathedral High School, in Bridgeport, and Bunnell junior Elise Olsen, 16, decided to spend their sunny spring break afternoon protesting with posters and informational note cards -- on the day McDonald's turned 54. Read More

This is a classic example of the why the ag community needs to be working hard to educate kids in school about food production. These high school girls watched a video on PETA’s website about the process of harvesting chickens. After hearing PETA’s spin put on it, they decide to go out and protest at McDonalds. Agriculture needs to be the source on matters related to our business. We also need to teach our youth enough about food production that they don’t go looking to PETA for information. Remember, the ironic part about this is that many animal rights groups are trying to stop the harvesting method that PETA is encouraging, claiming it is cruel as well.

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