Environmental Group Targets Kentucky-Based Fast Food Giant

May 23, 2012

LOUISVILLE, Ky.  -- Greenpeace activists scaled the headquarters of KFC's parent company to press their claims that the chain uses wood harvested from Indonesian rain forests to make its chicken buckets.

The protesters on Wednesday unveiled a banner depicting a Sumatran tiger on the front pillars of the building that's home to Yum Brands Inc. in Louisville. Greenpeace claims deforestation is threatening the tigers.

Louisville police spokesman Dwight Mitchell says nine people were cited for trespassing. He says four protesters who scaled the building also were cited with criminal mischief.

Rolf Skar of Greenpeace says packaging from rain forests shows up at KFC stores in China, the United Kingdom and Indonesia.

Yum spokeswoman Laurie Schalow says 60 percent of Yum's paper products come from sustainable forests and suppliers are moving toward 100 percent.