James slammed by PETA for McDonald's praise
Officials at People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals have launched a furious broadside against rocker Alex James after he praised fast food outlets.
The Blur bassist, who also now runs a cheese farm, visited the production line of burger giant McDonald's and chicken takeaway chain KFC for an article in The Sun newspaper.
He admitted he was "dazzled" by the methods employed in a McDonald's kitchen and compared it to a Michelin-starred restaurant, adding, "When it's busy in a Michelin kitchen, all the chefs are doing is putting pre-prepared parts of a meal together, which is essentially the same as McDonald's... My day with McDonald's didn't put me off eating there at all."
But staff at animal rights organisation PETA are shocked by his remarks and have issued a statement slamming the star for promoting meat-based fast food.
It reads, "One wonders how much Alex was paid to sing the praises of greasy, cruelly obtained fast food and how much he will enjoy ending up having coronary bypass surgery if that's the kind of diet he actually eats.
"PETA's suggestion would have been to have Alex start his tour at the abattoir, where chickens... are hung upside down, have their throats cut and are bled to death, often while still conscious, and where pigs are sometimes scalded to death. Each and every one of these terrified individuals has the capacity to feel, just as we do. Or maybe Alex doesn't have that capacity himself?
"No amount of pay merits pushing a fast-food diet, heavy in animal products and conclusively linked to some of the U.K.'s biggest killers. Today's children are at risk of dying before their parents - victims of meat, dairy products and junk food, which clog their arteries and wreak havoc on their health. That's why the World Cancer Research Fund has recommended that parents not feed their children processed meat.
"With all the evidence of the devastating consequences of meat-based diets on our health, it takes a seriously irresponsible or uneducated parent to sing the praises of fast-food chains whose expanding profits depend on our expanding waistlines."
what do you think?
Shocking statement from PETA. Alex James wasn't trying to gloryify eating at a fast food outlet, he was just outlining what they do in an outlet. Yet again more meateater bashing from them again, live as you live and let others do the same!!!!
Vegies are weirdos!
Simon X Bromley
Good for PETA. Anyone who doubts what McDonalds do should read Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation. As an aside, Alex James was in one of the worst, most over-hyped bands of the century who made dreary, weak music.
PETA is a terrorist organization though....
Simon X does not have a clue wot he is talkin about.Blur were amazing!,so stick that in your pipe and smoke it.
vegies are very much in the minority ,but unfortunatly they always think they are right they are not !!! what they stand for is not natural .
Lisa Marie Williams
i am a vegie but let my daughter eat meat.
Who is Alex James?
Who the hell is Jim Coulson?
For goodness SAKE<whatever happenend to free speach!Not many people can afford to live on fast food outlets 24/7,in our house its a rare treat! Although more veggie foods could be introduced everywhere,im not a veggie ,but love quorn products etc,but the pricing is so high for these So called,Special meals,countries gone Mad if u ask me!!!
Quite right PETA.But I find it quite difficult to resist eating chicken an' chips now and then.The things I've seen in my own fast food shops is employees sneezing right where the food is got ready for customers,but I reluctingly ate it.Chicken salads and yoguts and green stuff are best for you.I always try to eat light foods.I used to eat pies of all sorts,but now it's chicken salads and chinese takeaways..............but in moderation.
Is this the same peta that released hundreds of mink from fur farms in the uk into an enviroment where they have no natural predators and are now decimating the u.k wildlife? They aint the brightest bunch are they?
who cares what blur's bassist thinks?