PETA Tombstone Causes Controversy

A message on a tombstone in a cemetery near Louisville is raising controversy.

It was originally approved, but now cemetery officials say they were tricked and they're going to remove it.

The headstone is actually not meant to be a memorial for a person, instead for animals. It claims that KFC tortures birds.

It's all part of a plan by PETA, or People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Cemetery officials say PETA bought a plot near a memorial of Kentucky Fried Chicken's founder Colonel Harland Sanders.

KFC leaders say PETA has crossed the line and has misrepresented KFC's "industry-leading animal welfare guidelines."

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  • by Jethro Location: Rat Cheer on Jan 15, 2008 at 07:38 AM
    P.E.T.A., where's your sense of sport? It is a lot harder to catch a chicken for lunch than it is to catch a head of lettuce. Bart in H'burg, I don't know for sure about this particular cemetery, but most have clauses in the purchase contracts for the plots that place limits on such things as headstone size, shape, and inscriptions. Sort of like building restrictions in subdivisions. One reason for these limits is to prevent someone from buying a plot and erecting a headstone that is really just an advertising billboard, such as the one erected by P.E.T.A. These do not infringe on 1st ammendment rights. If you want to be buried next to a marble oblisk with a flashing neon sign atop it touting "Is the search for the best deal in all eternity killing you? You found it, rot here (pun intended) in Bart's burial bunker!", then buy up some undeveloped land in the country and start your own business.
  • by BLACKSHEEP Location: PRESTONSBURG on Jan 15, 2008 at 04:24 AM
  • by lol on Jan 14, 2008 at 04:01 PM
    Ash "PEDA" doesnt work for MANS BEST FRIENDS. They are a bunch of phycotic people that attack and terrorize people in the name of animals. They dont even think people should be allowed to fish. I think pretty much anyone could run it better , but it is not something that needs to be taken over, it is something that needs to be shut down. Maybe you should know what something is before you make you comments. By the way it is P E T A.
  • by steve Location: irvine on Jan 14, 2008 at 04:00 PM
    In my 40 years i have never seen any thing to top this either im getting older or peaple are getting stupid. I have hunted rabbits squirrel fished raised our own hogs and cows and yes we ate them and yes they were good thats what you lived on beef hog meat and gardens. Peaple are getting stuff you eat mixed up with pets man i am a dog lover i would never mistreat my dog or cats this country has been watching to many soap operas and Opara Winfery we need some men to start running the country again hey wheres John Wayne or Clint Eastwood we need you. Come on peaple start using your brain instead of using it for a door stop gees and stop believing these Peta and global warming fruit cakes that every thing they say use your on brain think for yourselves.
  • by LGK Location: Lexington on Jan 14, 2008 at 02:53 PM
    I just moved to KY from Norfolk, VA (home to PETA) ... they are really just a vegan cult. They don't care about animals nearly as much as they want you to think they do. The group takes homeless animals in, giving the impression they are going to adopt them but they kill them. Most of the time not even in a humane manner -- check North Carolina court records re: the PETA workers that were killing pets in their van and dumping the dead into random dumpsters on the way back to PETA HQ. PETA and other groups like them give the people who really care about animals a bad reputation. It really is sad.
  • by J Location: KY on Jan 14, 2008 at 08:39 AM
    This is almost funny..almost...if PETA is so concerned about animal rights why don't they worry about the stray cats and dogs running around everywhere. When did chickens ever come into the mix? They are bred for food, not pets..What do they suggest we eat...cardboard? I wonder what they eat...are they all vegans? Oh, and Bart from Harrodsburg, I am sure that the cemetary in question was meant to be for humans and not a "pet cemetary"...regardless of whether chickens are figuratively buried there or not. The ACLU should have more important things to do than get involved in something so ridiculous. What about McDonalds and Burger King...are the cows mistreated too?
  • by ash Location: eastern ky on Jan 13, 2008 at 09:31 PM
    Even if I don't agree with what PEDA did. I do like the fact that there is someone out there who is willing to do the work for MANS BEST FRIEND. How many in this blog can say they would take their place and do a better job. Until that happends this is what we have.
  • by Mary Location: Ky on Jan 13, 2008 at 01:56 PM
    How ridiculous!!!! I am an animal lover but not for the animals that people eat for meals. This world has become so cruel with children being abused every day. Why don't peta arrange their good deeds to helping children & the elderly. I am NOT for people just abusing an animal for the heck of it but killing animals for food is not cruel. Its been done since the beginning of time & will continue. Now people that are cruel to dogs & cats just to be devils should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.
  • by George Location: Cincinnati on Jan 13, 2008 at 12:43 PM
    You know what? I'm not really sure what PETA's beef (pun not intended) with KFC really is. Torturing animals? I mean, if they're in crowded living conditions (does every rooster entitled to an acre of land? I don't even have an acre), and the end result is ALWAYS going to be the same (they will be killed to end up on a dinner plate), then in reality, does it really matter how their living conditions were in the short time they were alive? For goodness sakes, they are bred specifically to die and go in a plate, these aren't pet chickens that they find on the family farm. Most of them have never walked freely anywhere, so I figure the quicker they die, the better off they are. I think PETA if you let them enjoy life and see the sunshine and roam free and live well...then meet the same end (death for food), that's more of a torture. At least they didn't know how good it could've been.
  • by Bart Location: Harrodsburg on Jan 13, 2008 at 12:12 PM
    Removing this memorial would clearly be a violation of PETA's First Amendment rights. They bought the plot they erected a marker, and now they are being discriminated against because of the content. I hope that the ACLU of Kentucky picks up this case.
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