Road-tripping from Toronto to Vancouver just got a little easier for all the vegans out there. In a huge victory for PETA, KFC Canada has agreed to offer vegan “unchicken” as a menu item at its Canadian chains. This move comes in response to PETA’s decades-long and passionate Kentucky Fried Cruelty campaign, which has spawned dramatic protests outside KFCs all around the world. PETA will now call off its Kentucky Fried Cruelty barrage in Canada, which had enjoyed the boost of celebrity endorsements from native Canadians Pamela Anderson and Ryan Gosling. Furthermore, KFC Canada has taken an additional step towards the humane by pledging to buy chickens only from suppliers who use gas as a method of slaughter, which PETA calls “the least cruel form of poultry slaughter ever developed.”
So far, 461 Canadian KFC stores have agreed to offer the vegan chicken on their menus. Meanwhile, PETA will continue its campaigns in the United States and around the world in a an effort to get the fast-food giant to make a global change for the better. The move, however, raises an interesting dilemma for us vegans: will any of us actually walk into a KFC and give them any money at all, even if it is for unchicken? Introducing vegan meat to the mass public is a great and progressive idea, and I’m willing to give a one-handed rounded of applause to KFC for taking any steps at all–after all, chicken is the entire basis of their business, so expecting them to stop selling it entirely is unrealistic–but I doubt I’ll be forking over any cash to a company whose near-unparalleled animal cruelty stretches far beyond Canada.