Colonel Sanders to the red courtesy phone

It must be in the PETA charter somewhere: every now and then, they have to persuade a starlet to take off her clothes, and in between, they have to bother normal folks:

PETA sent out a news release Wednesday morning alerting Idaho media that it has written a letter to Caldwell Mayor Garret Nancolas to ask for a change to the street name Chicken Dinner Road. However, Caldwell city street maps don’t include Chicken Dinner Road, which is located in rural Canyon County.

“Just like dogs, cats, and human beings, chickens feel pain and fear and value their own lives,” said PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman in the letter. She wants the mayor to change the name of the road to “one that celebrates chickens as individuals, not as beings to kill, chop up, and label as ‘dinner’.”

Idahoans may be comforted to know that after fifteen years, Slaughterville, Oklahoma retains its name.


  1. fillyjonk »

    10 July 2019 · 2:49 pm

    Couldn’t it just as easily be “chicken dinner” in the sense of “dinner for chickens” rather than “chickens eaten as someone’s dinner”?

    I know, I know, that’s not the answer they want. The answer they want is anything that gets them publicity.

    There is a Butcher Pen (unincorporated, though) not far from me.

  2. CGHill »

    10 July 2019 · 9:17 pm

    I’d bet there are PETA operatives out there who occasionally sneak into Arby’s to get the taste of kale out of their mouths.

  3. fillyjonk »

    10 July 2019 · 9:38 pm

    It’s also my understanding that even many “noble” herbivores will grab meat when they can. (I seem to remember someone talking about horses eating eggs and even baby chicks).

    And I remember the time someone I knew at church was talking about seeing ground squirrels out west, and how it made her “sad” when she saw one dead on the road, and others clustered around it, because “they went to say ‘goodbye’ to their brother” and I, a biologist, was standing there with half my brain screaming “THEY WERE ACTUALLY EATING HIM” and the other half screaming “DON’T SAY **THAT** YOU FOOL!”

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    11 July 2019 · 7:56 am

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  5. hollyh »

    11 July 2019 · 9:43 am

    I have become the Old Person Who Sits on a Bench Feeding Birds. And, the more I do that, the more I agree with PETA, even about their “out-there” issues. So it’s mighty convenient that the plant-based diet appears to be the healthiest. I don’t have to wrestle with health vs animal-cruelty decisions. It’s a win-win!

    Except that I must never remember how bacon and pepperoni used to taste. Hurry up, scientists, can’t you improve the taste of TVP?

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