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Re: “Kentucky Test Kitchen” (8/6): The design of a new restaurant in Anacostia may fill some with pride, but it’s hard to extend that pride to a company that is clearly involved in cruelty to innocent animals.

Chickens raised for KFC endure egregious and unnecessary abuses. A recent undercover investigation by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals revealed employees of a KFC supplier slaughterhouse deliberately kicking, stomping on, and slamming live chickens against a wall, spitting tobacco into their eyes, and ripping their heads and beaks off with their bare hands. Last year, a former employee of another top KFC supplier came forward with accounts of employees using “dry ice bombs” to blow chickens apart, snapping their legs for fun, and intentionally scalding them to death in feather-removal tanks.

KFC has so far refused to implement comprehensive guidelines developed by its own animal-welfare panelists to prevent these and other abuses. Until it does, compassionate people everywhere are choosing to steer clear of the Colonel.

Readers can learn more at KentuckyFriedCruelty.com.

Mount Rainier, Md.