LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Sometime during the early morning hours on Wednesday activists with Greenpeace attached a large banner to the pillars on the headquarters of Yum! Brands as part of a protest claiming the fast food giant is using the rainforests in Indonesia to make its packaging.
The banner reads: "KFC Stop Trashing My Home."
In a press release, Rolf Skar, Greenpeace forest campaign director, said, "The decisions being made here at KFC HQ are fuelling the destruction of some of the world's last remaining rainforests, driving climate change and pushing the Sumatran tiger closer to extinction."
In addition to the banner, four activists attached themselves to the pillars of the headquarters building at 1441 Gardiner Lane. An aerial ladder truck from the Camp Taylor Fire Department was brought to the scene to remove the protesters. Louisville Metro Police were also on the scene.
In a statement issued to WAVE 3's Scott Adkins, a KFC spokesperson said while the company is concerned for the safety of the protestors, Yum! Brands will prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.
As for the claim made by the protesteres concerning Yum! Brands packaging damaging the Indonesian rainforest, Yum! Brands released the following statement:
"The fact is that 60% of paper products we purchase are sourced from sustainable forests, and suppliers are moving toward 100%." - Laurie Schalow, Yum! Brands Spokesperson.