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Dalai Lama Asks KFC Not to Open Restaurants in Tibet - 2004-06-24

An animal rights group says exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has asked the U.S.-based food chain,Kentucky Fried Chicken, to cancel plans for putting its food outlets in Tibet.

Though most Tibetans are not vegetarian, the Dalai Lama said in a letter to the Lousiville, Kentucky-based restaurant that his people believe in slaughtering animals humanely, and eat larger ones, such as yaks, so fewer animals will die.

The group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, says the Dalai Lama sent KFC a letter expressing concern about the way the company raises and slaughters its chickens. The letter said this cruel treatment of chickens violates Tibetan values.

Kentucky Fried Chicken already has hundreds of outlets in China outside of Tibet. There was no immediate comment on the letter from the company or from the Dalai Lama's office in Dharamsala, in northern India.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP