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Metro Government declines PETA's pothole patching offer

By Lindsay English - bio | email 
Posted by Charles Gazaway - email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - PETA is not one for subtlety. Their "The Naked Truth" campaign staged a protest at the Bardstown Road Kentucky Fried Chicken several years ago. Their protestors were naked, except for their signs against the restaurant. Recently, PETA even put a bizarre tombstone out at Cave Hill Cemetery. The words written on the headstone spelled out an anti-KFC message. Now, they want to take their message to the streets.

"Motorists and pedestrians deserve to know there is a mile long cruelty to animals behind KFC's business interests," said Ashley Bryne, a campaigner with PETA.

In a letter to Mayor Jerry Abramson, PETA proposed giving Metro Louisville $6,000 to repair potholes, twice as much as KFC gave the city just last week. The restaurant made the repairs and stamped their logo on the patched asphalt. PETA wants to do the same, but they want to add their own rendition of Kentucky Fried Chicken founder, Colonel Harland Sanders. PETA depicts him as an evil Colonel Sanders, complete with horns, next to the tagline "KFC Tortures Animals".

"Well, we are certainly happy that PETA cares about potholes in Kentucky. But I think I'll pass on this offer," said Chris Poynter, a spokesperson for Mayor Abramson's office. He also says these are tough economic times.

"With our budget situation and all the potholes we have, we're interested in talking to anybody who wants to help out city government, repair a pothole," Poynter said.

Make that almost anybody.

"We don't want to get into a fight between PETA and KFC," said Poynter.

PETA has long claimed that KFC treats the chickens they use inhumanely.

"The people of Louisville deserve to know that KFC is abusing chickens in ways that any compassionate person would not approve of," said Bryne.

But it looks like the pothole protest is a bust.

"KFC is a great corporate citizen of ours. They employ lots of people in our town. They do great things for our hometown and we're glad to work with them on this pothole program. But PETA, ummm... not so much," said Poynter.

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