ZANESVILLE - Wearing nothing but a banner and boots, two female People
for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) protesters stopped Maple
Avenue traffic and gathered a crowd of spectators Friday.
PETA Spokeswomen Nicole Matthews, 24, and Lindsey Rajt, 24, as well as
several other locals who voluntarily joined them, protested in front
of the restaurant as part of PETA's Kentucky Fried Cruelty campaign.
"They're the worst of the worst," Matthews said. "They hide behind
their animal welfare experts."
"We buy our quality chickens from the same trusted brands that
consumers buy in local supermarkets," Maynard said.
Zanesville Police arrived on the scene shortly after the protest began
at 3:30 p.m. to direct traffic and tell those standing in the parking
lot they either had to be there to dine or leave.
"Actually, I find it pathetic. They're just drawing attention that has
nothing to do with animals," McInerney said, holding a bucket of KFC
chicken he had purchased.
"I've been a vegetarian for more than a year and I've never been in a
demonstration. I wanted to join and help out," said Lauren Jones, a
Maysville High School senior. She stood in the rain beside the two
PETA protesters holding one of their signs toward oncoming traffic.
Matthews said another reason they target KFC is because the restaurant
"refuses to follow scientists' guidelines and five of their experts
have resigned out of frustration."
The PETA duo will continue their tour today, protesting in Dayton.
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