Thursday, January 10, 2013

KFC animal rights campaigner abandons protest after being pelted with chicken wings

Mr Tyler, from Westwood, Wilts., was given money from relatives after doing well in his GCSEs and used it to buy a £600 chicken suit, which was handmade in Paris.

'I know what I would do if my nitwit son spent his graduation money on a chicken suit from Paris.  I don't know about the rest of the world, I just know what I would do.  Although if I had named him Olly, I guess I would have to accept some responsibility.'

An animal rights campaigner was forced to abandon a protest outside KFC after he was punched, rugby tackled and pelted with poultry when he dressed up as a giant chicken to highlight his cause. 

Olly Tyler, 16, arrived for a two-day protest outside his local KFC outlet dressed in a bespoke £600 chicken costume.
He had planned to wave a placard outside the outlets for two days in a bid to deter customers but within hours he was forced to abandon the campaign after diners began hurling sachets of sauce, chicken wings and nuggets at him.
The final straw came when one diner punched him in the head and two men jumped from their car and rugby tackled him to the ground.
Mr Tyler, who did not suffer any injuries thanks to his 7ft tall chicken suit, was so shaken by the incident he has vowed not to return to the KFC in Trowbridge, Wilts.
"I was standing on a grass island outside the KFC so I was completely exposed. It was quite hard to see where the attacks were coming from because of the suit," he said.

"I've protested outside this KFC before and I was pelted with three chicken wings but this time it was much worse.
"People threw sauce and chicken wings at me as well as chicken nuggets. When I left the ground was covered in them.
"One guy punched me in the head. It didn't hurt but I was really shocked. Twenty minutes later, two guys got out of their car and rugby tackled me to the ground.
"I have no idea why they did it. I think they just got caught in the hype."
Mr Tyler, from Westwood, Wilts., was given money from relatives after doing well in his GCSEs and used it to buy a £600 chicken suit, which was handmade in Paris.
The teenager, who has won an award for his work from PETA, decided to protest outside KFC after reading an article claiming the factory hens are kept in horrific conditions.
He stood outside the restaurant on Spitfire Retail Park on October 12 and spent seven hours receiving a "positive reaction" from passers-by.
Mr Tyler decided to return to make his stand on December 22 and 23 and planned to spend at least seven hours outside the fast food restaurant on both days.
"I arrived at 10am and the KFC workers were already outside. They are never that nice to me but they don't do anything," he said.
"The KFC is next to a McDonald's and they are lovely in there, they came out and offered me a meal but I had to turn it down because I'm a vegetarian.
"Most people were nice, they were beeping and waving at me but then it became dangerous.
"I wanted to spend all day there but I left by 2.45pm because I was worried for my safety. The area has no CCTV and I felt really vulnerable.
"I decided not to return the next day. When you are in a chicken costume you can't do anything to defend yourself."
Mr Tyler is currently supporting Greenpeace's Save the Arctic campaign and plans to protest in Bristol and Bath in the future.
A spokesman for KFC said: "At KFC, we are committed to poultry welfare and we use only reputable suppliers, that are the same as the UK's leading supermarkets and restaurants, which meet or exceed UK and EU regulations on quality and welfare."


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