People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is known for its in-your-face protests. McDonald's is known for its in-your-face Big Macs. You can imagine the turbulent relationship the two must have. But for the past nine years, they have managed to maintain a truce.
That could all end Monday when PETA holds a protest at the Rock N Roll McDonald's in River North -- over the most humane way to kill a chicken.
"There's more than one way to skin a cat," so the saying goes, and there's more than one way to slaughter a chicken. The conventional method is to knock the chickens unconscious with a shock of electricity and then cut their throats. In Europe, however, many chickens are gassed.
PETA argues that gassing causes less suffering for the chickens, and they're targeting the nation's biggest chicken customers: McDonald's and KFC.
However, McDonald's has already studied the issue and conducted its own tests.
And not everyone on the chicken-welfare side of the debate agrees, either.