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PETA Protests Outside Leather Shop

Three black coffins lined the intersection of Bonnycastle Avenue and Bardstown Road today. It was part of a demonstration by PETA against the use animal products in clothing.

Three of the eight protesters played corpses. They were dressed in black underwear and held signs saying “We wouldn’t be caught dead in animal skins.”

“Well we are here in front of Leatherhead, because obviously they sell leather and other animal skins,” says Lauren Stroyeck, a campaigner for PETA. “The coffins are a sobering way to get people to consider that every time they buy a pair of leather shoes or wear a snakes skin purse, they are wearing bits and pieces of cows and snakes that were killed an mutilated for their skin.”  Stroyeck continued, “There is nothing fashionable about killing animals for vanity.”

Leatherhead closed for the protest and the owners could not be reached for comment.

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PETA Grills Yum Brands Execs Over Slaughterhouses

Calling on KFC to improve conditions at its chicken slaughterhouses, members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals attended an annual shareholders meeting with Yum Brands executives.

The animal rights group owns stock in the fast food company in order to have a voice in shaping its policies and is allowed to have two representatives at shareholders meetings.

PETA spokesperson Lindsay Rajt says KFC continues to ignore recommendations from its own animal welfare advisors to change its practice of slaughtering chickens.

“KFC really is lagging behind other restaurant chains who have already improved animal welfare and have adopted purchasing preferences for this less cruel slaughter method,” she says. “We’re asking KFC just to step up to the plate and to take responsibility for animal welfare within their chain.”

In an undercover documentary, PETA activists filmed KFC slaughterhouse workers tearing the heads off live birds, spitting tobacco in birds’ eyes and spray painting birds’ faces. The group wants the fast food restaurant to switch to more modern and less cruel slaughter methods that would eliminate the abuses that chickens endure.

In the past year, other restaurant chains such as Quiznos, Subway and Ruby Tuesday have implemented more humane procedures.

“The bottom line is that there is no justifying a life of constant agony for any animal when it can be easily prevented,” says Rajt. “In some ways chickens are actually smarter than dogs or cats. And they certainly have the same capacity to feel pain like all animals do.”

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PETA's "Lettuce Ladies" Visit Louisville

PETA1Women wearing only lettuce bikinis visited Louisville Thusrday. The demonstration was part of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ latest campaign for vegetarianism.

The so-called Lettuce Ladies handed out meat-free hot dogs and information on how to become a vegetarian.

The campaign is part of PETA’s efforts to promote a meat-free diet. The methods of delivering the message have come under fire from women’s groups who call the Lettuce Ladies concept sexist.

PETA spokesperson Tom Crain says he doesn’t see it that way.

“I think that it’s a statement that’s saying ‘This is how physical fit people look. This is how physical fit people act. This is what’s going on,'” he says. “And this is the way people want to behave in their lives. I think people want to be able to show off what they are.”

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Crain says the group is simply advertising vegetarianism the same way some restaurants advertise hamburgers.

“You see it and they’re saying, ‘Isn’t this what you want? Beef, it’s what’s for dinner. Isn’t this how you want it? Wouldn’t you like to sink your teeth into this?’ They’re tempting you in the way that this is—not so much sexist, but it is an attention grabber,” he says. “It’s giving you the idea that, ‘Hmmm. My eye is caught.'”

The PETA visit is a response to a recent article in Men’s Health magazine that named Louisville the 10th fattest city in America.