Semi truck loses load of live chickens just outside KFC restaurant

BACCHUS MARSH, Australia, Aug. 17 (UPI) — A semi truck hauling a load of live chickens in Australia lost its cargo at an appropriate location — just outside a KFC restaurant.

Jessica Carter posted a video to Facebook showing live chickens being rounded up and returned to their crates about 2 p.m. Tuesday just outside of the KFC in the Melbourne suburb of Bacchus Marsh.

“People were joking about it, saying KFC won’t have to pluck their chickens at least now,” Carter told The Age.

Carter, a vegan, described the location of the incident as “poignant.”

“It truly was just one of those terrible coincidences,” she said.

A Victoria Police spokesman confirmed four crates of chickens fell off the truck Tuesday. Bacchus Marsh police responded to assist with the clean-up efforts.

A KFC representative said the chicken truck was not associated with the company.

“These chickens were not destined for KFC and were not linked to our supply chain,” the representative told the Melbourne Herald Sun.

“KFC is supplied chicken through the three largest suppliers of chicken in Australia and those suppliers have high standards of bird welfare to ensure their chickens are healthy and comfortable,” the representative said. “We require all our chicken suppliers to strictly follow the Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals, Domestic Poultry.”

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