LOUISVILLE, KY -- The world's most popular chicken restaurant chain, Kenny's Fried Chicken, more widely known as KFC, has finally succumbed to the seven years of pressure from animal rights groups to change its chicken menus. The negative publicity generated from these groups has seriously eroded world-wide sales.
What started out as a small cooking operation in a gas station in Corbin, Kentucky, now has over 11,000 restaurants in over 80 countries around the world. Informed sources speculate that the company's size has made it a major target for these groups.
Since 2003, animal rights and welfare organizations have been protesting KFC's treatment of the animals used for its products. These groups claim that the recommendations of the KFC Animal Welfare Advisory Council have been ignored.
The lawsuit that followed last year, bolstered by Michelle Obama as friend of the court, was settled this month. KFC has agreed to remove all chicken products from its menu and substitute a man made tofu-based product, complete with the special seasonings and machine-formed in shape of chicken parts.
A letter from KFC headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky made the announcement on Monday. Franchisees may continue to sell its chicken inventory until depleted after which only mock chicken will be offered to the public.
An animal rights spokesman indicated that they were pleased to come to an equitable solution. The result of which should provide a more healthy menu choice to patrons and reduce the mistreatment of chickens in chicken mills.
Shares in tofu food products moved higher on the announcement.