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January 12, 2010

PETA to protest Sanders statue

Animal-rights group wants to erect their own using chicken droppings

By Becky Manley / Staff Writer

An animal rights group wants to erect a statue crafted from chicken droppings to protest the proposed installation of a bronze statue of Col. Harlan Sanders in Corbin.

The request to erect the smelly life-size statue of Sanders was e-mailed to Main Street Manager Sharae Myers Monday by Tracy Reiman, executive vice president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Corbin’s project drew the attention of PETA, which has waged a years-long campaign against slaughterhouse practices used by KFC suppliers, according to Kristina Addington, campaign coordinator for PETA, which is based in Norfolk, Va.

PETA launched its campaign against Corbin’s project even as it continues to protest KFC ads on Indianapolis fire hydrants and extinguishers, Addington said.

The proposed use of chicken droppings with the Corbin statue aims to draw attention to the conditions in which chickens destined for KFC’s buckets are raised, according to PETA. The statue is meant to be a memorial to the chickens slaughtered for the KFC chain, Addington said.

Myers said the community’s effort to erect a bronze statue of Sanders in Corbin is meant to represent his connection to the community, not KFC’s current corporate practices.

“It’s our historical assets and nothing more,” Myers said.

Corbin was the location of Sander’s first restaurant featuring chicken fried in his secret blend of herbs and spices.

Both Myers and Suzie Razmus, chairwoman of Corbin Tourism and Convention Commission, said the protest would not dissuade them from pursuing the project.

“It’s something that we definitely want to move forward on,” Myers said.

Myers, who said she would support any advocacy group that respectfully promotes human or animal rights, said the wording of PETA’s letter was inappropriate, disrespectful and highly offensive to the community.

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