Sunday, August 07, 2005

People Eating Tasty Animals

This'll be old news to people from Logan, but I've been wanting desperately to blog about this, and I haven't had the time until today:
LOGAN - A protest against the manner in which chickens are slaughtered for fast-food chain KFC drew additional customers rather than drive them away from the local outlet in this northern Utah city.
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) protest against KFC drew 10 sympathetic people, including someone dressed in a chicken costume, on Monday. But at one point, around lunchtime, more than 30 people stood in line to order chicken to eat.
''There's a place in this world for all of God's creations . . . right next to the mashed potatoes,'' said Rusty Smith, a KFC customer who sat on a patch of grass outside the restaurant with a group of co-workers, watching the protest...

Jacqueline Newbold, a supervisor at KFC, said an uncommon rush of customers required the store to call extra employees into work.
''We had a line going out the door and through the lobby,'' Newbold said.
During the first four hours of business, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Monday, the store had 211 customers compared with 130 the Monday before, supervisor John Simmons said Tuesday.

This reminds me of a few years ago when the campus gay and lesbian group (their exact name, like everything else these days, slips my mind) decided to have a "Wear Jeans To Support Gayness" type of event. The university, being a land grant university, draws a large proportion of its student population from rural areas where jeans are the normal apparel for people young and old. As far as I can tell, the plan was that this campus group would announce that everybody who supported gay rights would wear jeans that day to show their support, and the vast majority of the student population who didn't pay attention to campus announcements and wore their usual jeans would make the campus group feel like they had a lot of support.

Well, the day came, and I tell you, I'd never seen so many khakis in one place in my life. It was like holding class in the Gap.

Logan just doesn't go up much for liberal causes. The residents here are proud of their conservatism and not afraid to express it, but they're especially sensitive to trying to be shamed into changing their beliefs. I must say that after years of being a closet conservative in California, it's made a nice change.