05 April 2010

Hide the women, children and chickens as KFC announces the new Double Down sandwich

KFC, the star of PETA’s Kentucky Fried Cruelty Campaign, has announced a new addition to its family of artery destroying products, the Double Down sandwich.

Loosen your belts a notch or six for this “one-of-a-kind sandwich (that) features two thick and juicy boneless white meat chicken filets (Original Recipe® or Grilled), two pieces of bacon, two melted slices of Monterey Jack and pepper jack cheese and Colonel's Sauce.” In fact according to KFC’s website “This product is so meaty, there’s no room for a bun!”

At a whopping 540 calories, 32 grams of fat and a blood pressure bursting 1380mg of sodium, the KFC Original Recipe Double Down is every cardiologist’s worst nightmare (or best dream depending on how you look at it). But for the more health conscience patron KFC is offering the Grilled Double Down, it contains only 460 calories, 23 grams of fat and 1430mg of sodium.

Makes one wonder why the CDC has deemed the U.S. “obesogenic” which is a society “characterized by environments that promote increased food intake, nonhealthful foods, and physical inactivity.”

If increasing your waistline to near epic proportions was not enough to steer you clear of this beastly sandwich consider KFC’s record on animal welfare. According to PETA:

•The roughly 1 billion chickens killed each year for KFC's buckets are crammed by the tens of thousands into excrement-filled sheds that stink of ammonia fumes.

•The birds’ legs and wings often break because they’re bred to be too top-heavy and because workers carelessly shove them into transport crates and shackles.

•Chickens’ throats are slit and the animals are dropped into tanks of scalding-hot water to remove their feathers, often while they are still conscious and able to feel pain.

•KFC lets frustrated factory-farm and slaughterhouse workers handle live birds, so many of the animals end up being sadistically abused. At a KFC “Supplier of the Year” slaughterhouse in West Virginia, workers were documented tearing the heads off live birds, spitting tobacco into their eyes, spray-painting their faces, and violently stomping on them. This was discovered more than two years after KFC promised PETA that it was taking animal welfare seriously.

•KFC hides behind its Animal Welfare Advisory Council, even though five members of the council have resigned in frustration. One of them, Adele Douglass, told the Chicago Tribune that KFC “never had any meetings. They never asked any advice, and then they touted to the press that they had this animal-welfare advisory committee. I felt like I was being used.”

Here's a slogan possibility for KFC's new delightful menu item, “The new Double Down sandwich, full of fat, calories, sodium…and cruelty.” Think they will go for it?

Photo Credit: kfc.com