People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) apparently has a bone to pick with Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti. The animal rights group is trying to start a beef with Bisciotti over the team's relationship with KFC, and they are urging the Ravens to reconsider their official chicken sponsor.
The folks at PETA contacted The Baltimore Sun as well, and they passed along the letter they say they sent to Bisciotti to us in email with the subject line: "PETA Calls Out Steve Bisciotti's Unholy Partnership With KFC."
(Full disclosure: I, too, have issues with KFC, but only because KFC has contributed to the alarming obesity rate in my hometown with its Double Down sandwiches and those nauseating Styrofoam troughs of chicken, potatoes, cheese and corn known as the KFC Famous Bowls. But with all apologies to PETA, I love non-KFC chicken wings so much that I could probably give Joey Chestnut at run for his money at Hooters.)
Anyway, back to the matter at hand. Here's that letter:
Dear Mr. Bisciotti,
Greetings from PETA, where there are many admirers of not only your team (I live in Baltimore and am a huge Ravens fan) but also your charitable work with Catholic Charities. We're hoping that you also have a place in your heart for animals. We heard about your recent partnership with KFC -- which refuses to heed its own advisory panel's call to switch to a less violent slaughter system that has been approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture -- and hoped that you might reconsider your partnership.
As you can see at KentuckyFriedCruelty.com, chickens killed for KFC live their entire lives in cramped factories, mired in their own waste. At the slaughterhouse, the birds' throats are cut while they are still conscious, and they are often scalded to death in defeathering tanks. KFC's profits depend on the deaths of these gentle birds, yet the company refuses to make even basic improvements for chickens despite the advice of its own animal welfare advisors. PETA's Kentucky Fried Cruelty campaign isn't just for vegetarians; it's for anyone concerned with the cruelty that flourishes simply because of corporate greed. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that we owe animals kindness and that it is "contrary to human dignity to cause animals to suffer or die needlessly." After watching the video footage, we hope you'll agree that this cruelty is not in line with the Catholic value of kindness toward animals.
Would you consider ending your partnership with KFC until the company takes action to end the worst abuses of chickens? You would be in good company: Personalities ranging from Sir Paul McCartney to Pamela Anderson have helped us keep this issue in the public eye. Please let me know if you have any questions; I can be reached at [contact information redacted]. Thank you for your consideration.
We'll see if this letter from PETA makes Bisciotti chicken out. (Sorry for the pun. Cut me a break, it's Friday.)