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Police Shut Down Cambodia’s First PETA Protest

(PETA ACTIVISM) CAMBODIA — Police broke up PETA’s first protest in Cambodia on Monday, saying the activists who were sitting outside KFC had disturbed public order with their strange behavior. A local onlooker claimed Cambodians don’t have much knowledge on animal rights and are mostly concerned with the chemicals that may be in their food. These protestors were taken to the local police station, but hopefully PETA can find other ways to educate Cambodians about animal welfare. Read on for more information. — Global Animal 
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Protestors pretending to be caged chickens. Photo Credit: AFP

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Baffled police broke up animal rights group PETA’s first protest inCambodia Monday, saying activists who sat in a cage outside a KFCoutlet had disturbed “public order” with their “strange” actions.

The two foreign campaigners from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said the protest in the capital Phnom Penh was meant to raise awareness of the alleged cruel treatment of chickens by the fast food chain, which has 10 restaurants in the country.

Preap Borei, a deputy police chief of the capital’s Daun Penh district, said the duo were asked to stop their protest because it “affected public order” and were briefly taken in for questioning before being let go.

“We wanted to know the reason for the protest because it’s strange. In Cambodia, no one wants to be caged, but they got into the cage by themselves,” he told AFP.

One of the protesters, PETA Asia director Jason Baker, said the lives of the poultry went from “shell to hell”.

“Most people don’t realise the chickens’ beaks are cut off, that they are crammed into spaces so small they can’t spread their wings,” he told AFP from inside the coop, shortly before he and his colleague were escorted to a local police station.

The short-lived stunt, a novelty in a country where animal welfare issues get little attention, attracted several dozen curious onlookers.

“We don’t have much knowledge about animal rights. Mainly we’re concerned about chemicals in animals that can affect our own health,” KFC customer Khuon Daroeurn said.

The 32-year-old travel agency employee added that PETA’s protest was likely too small to have much impact. “I don’t think many people will think about it,” she said.

Benjamin Jerome, general manager of Cambodia’s KFC restaurants, said KFC got its chicken from “reliable” US suppliers who met “international standards”. He said he did not believe the animals were subject to cruelty.

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5 Responses to Police Shut Down Cambodia’s First PETA Protest

  1. Tonia Vassila March 18, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    nice work for the activists.

  2. Tom McPhee on Facebook August 13, 2012 at 9:56 pm #

    NAME the TOP 10 ISSUES Impacting at the HUMAN – ANIMAL intersection WORLDWIDE!

    Your OPINION matters! Only 100 people can answer! You can’t change the world if you don’t participate! A video will be released once the poll closes, ranking th
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  3. Tom McPhee on Facebook August 13, 2012 at 9:56 pm #

    NAME the TOP 10 ISSUES Impacting at the HUMAN – ANIMAL intersection WORLDWIDE!

    Your OPINION matters! Only 100 people can answer! You can’t change the world if you don’t participate! A video will be released once the poll closes, ranking th
    e issuesMore…

  4. Kate Rimmington on Facebook August 13, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

    Great example of how non human animals would feel about being put in a cage…

  5. Larry Bernard on Facebook August 13, 2012 at 8:16 am #

    The origin of Peta and it’s meaning is a noble cause… But… people need to go do research on Peta before they support them. Start with a simple internet search asking Peta’s kill rates per year.More…

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