Who else but PETA would defend chickens?

Recently, we asked if there was anyone out there who would readily come to the defense of chickens, a question which came to us once we saw this Carl’s Jr. ad in which a chicken stands there anxiously clucking while an off-screen voice asks it to juggle and collate. Well, that chicken, and his relatives, have found safe haven from PETA, naturally, which emailed us a letter it just sent to Andrew Puzder, the CEO of Carl’s Jr. (sorry, we couldn’t find a link to it on the PETA site). The animal-rights organization tells us that, “ … studies by animal behaviorists have proved that chickens are comparable in intelligence to cats, dogs, and even primates, that they learn from one another, and that they possess long-term memories and the capacity to delay gratification and to plan ahead.” Hey, does that mean they can memorize dialogue and wait until the shoot is over to eat some corn? Just asking.

—Posted by Catharine P. Taylor