Cleveland stays away from KFC offer to fix potholes
CLEVELAND — Cleveland’s potholes don’t need a little KFC, according to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The animal rights organization said it’s requesting that this city and others forgo KFC’s recent offer to fix potholes for free. The fast-food chain had asked only that it be allowed to stamp the pavement patches with a logo saying “Re-Freshed by KFC.”
But accepting that deal, PETA said, means endorsing advertisements for “Kentucky Fried Cruelty.” The group accused KFC of building a “mile-long record” of animal abuse while filling buckets with chicken.
So PETA put money on the menu to outflank the Colonel’s campaign. The organization vowed to double KFC’s proposed $3,000 fix-it fund for cities that walk away from the counter. In exchange, PETA would chalk patched holes with a devilish depiction of Colonel Sanders and the words “KFC Tortures Animals.”
KFC denied PETA’s accusations and said it is committed to the well-being and humane treatment of chickens. The company also labeled PETA a radical operation that “doesn’t reflect the viewpoint of mainstream America.”
Fifteen towns grabbed spots in line after KFC cooked up the pothole project and issued an open invitation to America’s mayors. Four communities will be selected for street repairs; the announcement is expected to come Tuesday.
Don’t look for Cleveland to be at that table or PETA’s, said Andrea Taylor, the mayor’s press secretary.
“We’re not biting on this one,” she said.
Gee, I think the smart move for a mayor would be to get a bidding war going, a pothole auction as it were, not to mentions seeing what else needs fixing and seeing which ideological enemies might bid to fix it.