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Colonel Franken-Sanders and Chickens call on KFC

Colonel Franken-Sanders and Chickens call on KFC to go GE free

Wellington Monday 15 January 2001 – Today Greenpeace chickens and Colonel Franken-Sanders revealed to midday shoppers in central Wellington that Kentucky Fried Chicken (NZ) Limited uses chickens fed on genetically engineered animal feed.

A local KFC restaurant in Manners Mall was the scene for a giant red “KGE bucket”, Greenpeace activists from the Rainbow Warrior dressed as chickens and a Colonel Franken Sanders. The activists hung a banner across the entrance to the restaurant and handed out “KGE” postcards that demanded KFC (NZ) Limited make a GE free commitment.

KFC (NZ) Ltd is supplied with Tegel chickens which are fed animal feed made with genetically engineered soya meal. “By using Tegel chickens, KFC is allowing genetically engineered soya meal to enter our food chain,” said Annette Cotter, Greenpeace campaigner. “Sixty nine percent of New Zealanders in total are concerned about this11 TV3/CMR Insight Poll, surveyed 1000 New Zealanders about genetically engineered soya meal in animal feed fed to pigs and poultry. and KFC needs to be aware of consumer rejection.”

Genetically engineered soya beans are grown in the United States and processed into soya meal that is exported to New Zealand. On the 27 December 2000, Greenpeace protested against a shipment of soya meal from the United States, likely to be genetically engineered.

“The growing of genetically engineered crops in the environment is a new and untested technology that we do not know the long term effects,” said Cotter. “If KFC makes a commitment to go GE free the demand for genetically engineered soy will diminish and the United States will be forced to grow GE free soy.”

The Rainbow Warrior arrived in Wellington on January 11 to campaign for a GE free future. It will set sail for Christchurch tomorrow Tuesday January 16.

For more information ring Annette Cotter 025 648 8636 or Tamsin Vuetilovoni 025 790 817

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