April 09, 2005

One for the Birds

by PG

How often does someone discover the intersection of law and chickens? particularly before Heidi Bond does?

I was surprised to hear recently of the Rev. Al Sharpton's advocating that African Americans join a PETA boycott of Kentucky Fried Chicken, due to the company's inhumane treatment of animals. Apparently the Rev. Sharpton actually is getting onto the bandwagon quite late; Professor Derrick Bell of NYU Law wrote to KFC about their policies years ago. This is a man who resigned from two different law school faculties -- including a tenured post at Harvard -- in protest of their hiring policies toward women. So I believe that he would make a sacrifice of not just KFC, but also the entire Yum! brand. No Long John Silver's, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell or A&W Restaurants.

(Though if fastfood franchises are as scarce around NYU as they are in Morningside Heights, the sacrifice probably is eased by unavailability. The nearest Taco Bell is in Harlem and allegedly has bulletproof glass, though someone pointed out that that means it's really the safest Taco Bell of all. At least as long as you're inside.)

April 9, 2005 07:38 PM | TrackBack

I believe that Roy Rogers is actually the dominant chicken chain in NYC. And it's king on the Thruway. Yes, I remember the greasy chicken well on my five-hour car rides to see my Canadian girlfriends...ah, memories.

Posted by: Centrist at April 11, 2005 03:28 AM

I stand corrected: they are even. There are three KFCs in NYC: 108 Delancey, 331 Avenue of the Americas, and 242 E. 14th St. There are also 3 Roy Rogers: Penn Plaza Level B, 1680 Broadway, and 401 7th Avenue.

I can already feel my arteries clogging.

UPDATE: I stand corrected again. Actually, Popeyes is king of chicken in NYC with 7 locations in manhattan alone!

Posted by: Centrist at April 11, 2005 03:36 AM
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