BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – It all started with a photograph: a lone chicken crossing a pathway in front of a Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) restaurant in Baguio City, Philippines. The chicken seemed oblivious to the fact that the building behind her slaughters hundreds of its kind every single day as part of its finger-licking menu item.
The photo went viral and reached the desk of KFC’s CEO Muktesh Pant in Louiseville, Kentucky. He was so moved by the chicken, and this prompted him to issue an international directive to all KFC restaurants and franchise stores all over the world.
The directive mandates that each year, on Christmas eve, all KFC restaurant and franchise owners are to pardon a chicken and let it go free to live out the rest of its life.
This move is patterned after the annual Turkey Pardon which happens at The White House during Thanksgiving week. The Turkey Pardon gives the president of the United States the power and responsibility to pardon one turkey (sometimes two) and grant it reprieve from being slaughtered and served at the Thanksgiving dinner table.
The chicken pardon tradition starts this year, on Christmas eve.
Another testimony to the fact that humans not only have a stomach. They also have a heart.