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Ravi Shankars support for PETA

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

New Delhi (UNI): Espousing the cause of chickens, sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar has asked KFC-which serves more than 850 million chickens each year-to end the abuses of the birds. The legendary musician has asked his fans to boycott the fast- food chain until it does. In a letter sent on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA) to KFC's parent Company Yum!Brands CEO David Novak, the maestro claimed that PETA investigations in India, US, Germany, Australia and the UK have documented routine abuse of the chicken by KFC suppliers.

''Conscious birds were aimed by the killing machines and scalded to death in defeathering tanks. They had their heads torn off and faces spray painted for fun,'' the letter said. He said KFC has consistently ignoring recommendations made by its own animal welfare panel. Pandit Ravi Shankar said ''Chickens are inquisitive animals who are at least as intelligent as cats, dogs and even some primates.... when in their natural surroundings they form social hierarchies,'' he added.

He said ''You have the opportunity to decrease the shocking abuse of the chicken.... Until you do I will be calling on all compassionate people across the globe to boycott KFC''. Several celebrities, including the Dalai Lama, Sir Paul McCartney and Pamela Anderson, have already urged fast-food chain to eliminate the abuse of chicken.

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