Yes, the Great Pumpkin has come out in ardent opposition to Kentucky Fried Chicken.
To quote the press release from PETA:
Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin have joined the growing list of compassionate musicians who have teamed up with peta2 -- the world's largest youth animal rights organization -- to stick it to the Colonel -- KFC's Colonel Sanders, that is. The perennial chart-toppers recently signed the group's petition to KFC at peta2.com, and they are asking their fans to do the same.
In the petition, Corgan and former drummer Chamberlin ask KFC to improve the lives of chickens who "suffer from extremely crowded conditions, crippling bone and joint problems resulting from top-heavy breeding, callous handling, inhumane slaughter techniques, and shortened life spans." The nearly 1 billion chickens who are slaughtered for KFC every year have their sensitive beaks cut off and are drugged and abused.
Smashing Pumpkins joins an ever-growing list of musicians-including The Black Eyed Peas, Fall Out Boy, Rise Against, and The Flaming Lips-who have teamed up with peta2 to speak out against KFC's suppliers' blatant abuse of chickens.
"Corgan and Chamberlain know that kids are fed up with the inhumane treatment of animals, and they're not going to stand for it anymore," says peta2 Assistant Director of Youth Campaigns Dan Shannon. "After all, if KFC executives treated people the way their suppliers treat chickens, they'd be languishing in prison for the rest of their lives."
For more information and to sign the petition, please visit peta2.com.
Hey, PETA: Mr. Chamberlin is not in the band anymore. And one could argue that certain members of Smashing Pumpkins have endured far worse tortures than the Colonel's chickens, but that's another story...