Exciting news! Following talks with PETA UK, KFC is introducing a vegan version of its signature fried chicken.
The people have spoken: more than 13,000 PETA UK supporters contacted KFC to ask the chain to add a vegan option to its menu. And the company listened: meet The Imposter. This vegan chicken burger boasts a bespoke Quorn fillet coated with the famous Original Recipe herbs and spices and topped with fresh iceberg lettuce and creamy vegan mayo, all in a soft glazed bun. Yum, yum, YUM!
In introducing a vegan option, KFC has recognised that vegan eating is on the rise – more people are choosing plant-based foods to protect animals and the environment. This new offering from KFC will introduce a new audience to vegan foods.
KFC’s vegan chicken will be available in 18 stores in Bristol, London, and the Midlands from Monday, 17 June.
Vegan foods are definitely on a (vegan sausage) roll in Australia too, and savvy supermarkets, restaurants, and other businesses are stepping up to meet the demand for animal-free versions of classic dishes that people love. If you’ve ever been the teeniest bit curious about going vegan, now is the ideal moment to give it a try.
The Chicken-Meat Industry
Chickens raised for their flesh are farmed more intensively than any other land animal. Newly hatched chicks are sent into huge, dusty, windowless sheds with 40,000 or more other birds – who are all bred and fed to have such a large upper body that they can barely support their own weight.
At the end of this miserable life, they’re sent to slaughter without ever having roosted in a tree, taken a dust bath, interacted with their parents, or done any of the other things that are natural and important to chickens. They’re roughly shoved into crates and driven to the abattoir, where they’re shackled by their legs and hung upside down.
Their heads are plunged into an electric water bath that is supposed to stun them before their necks are cut – but this doesn’t always work, and the birds sometimes regain consciousness as they bleed to death or are plunged into tanks filled with scalding-hot water.
And these birds are typically just babies when they’re killed, as many reach what the industry deems “slaughter weight” when they’re just 6 or 7 weeks old.
What You Can Do
It was the 13,000 people who wrote to KFC via the PETA UK website who drove home the popularity of vegan eating for the company. We can do the same. Sign our petition to KFC Australia now and help us save chickens, one burger at a time.