August 5, 2008

Topless PETA protestors arrested

The topless women from animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) were arrested this afternoon while protesting outside the CBD restaurant over KFC's alleged treatment of chickens in factories and slaughterhouses.

The women - naked apart from lacy, yellow bikini bottoms - were inside a large cage, holding signs that read "Chicks Agree: Boycott KFC".

One of the protesters claimed they were "roughly-handled" by police, and said this was due to increased police powers, which came into force on July 1 and will remain in place until the 31st.

Under the laws, emergency and rural fire service volunteers have the right to move on people deemed to be causing "inconvenience or annoyance" to pilgrims during WYD celebrations and face fines of up to $5500.

But NSW police, who said the protesters were "causing a stir among passers-by", denied using any new powers on the KFC protesters.

The three women - Ms Fruno, 22, Fawn Porter, 20, and Carla Lobos, 32 - protested for about 40 minutes before being arrested about 1pm (AEST).

"People were shocked, but we think we went a long way in educating people about the way KFC treats its chickens," Ms Fruno said.

The protest follows former Baywatch babe and PETA supporter Pamela Anderson's (non-topless) protest at a Gold Coast KFC last week and is part of a four-year global campaign against the fast food chain over the way chickens are raised, slaughtered and transported.

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