Saturday February 11, 10AM-1PM
509 New Park Ave, West Hartford Ct.
RESCHEDULED TO SATURDAY, FEB. 11TH, 10AM – 1PM due to Thursday’s impending winter snowstorm. See you there!
Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/events/208999099573602/
We are staging a peaceful, nonviolent demonstration in support of LGBTQ Equality and Animal Rights in West Hartford, CT.
Chick-fil-A is opening a location in West Hartford, the first of their locations in the greater Hartford region. The company is owned by Dan Cathy, an ultra-right wing religious zealot who staunchly opposes and funds anti-equality efforts such as marriage equality and employment nondiscrimination.
In 2014, one out of every four dollars the Chick-fil-A Foundation donated was given to an ultra anti-LGBTQ group, despite Dan Cathy’s promises to “stay out of politics” and political issues. (see https://goo.gl/oFUilF ) While Cathy himself may be keeping mum, the company continues to pour its profits into groups promoting homophobia and hatred, which we know all too well can result in violence against our LGBTQ brothers and sisters.
Additionally, the meat Chick-fil-A uses could come from farms where birds can spend their entire lives in cages. Some are injected with antibiotics, which wind up in the food that’s served. While Chick-fil-A pledged in 2014 ( https://goo.gl/SOLf8G ) to work with suppliers to phase out the use of antibiotics in the chickens it purchases, it gave itself five yars to do so (see https://goo.gl/098gFq ).
Moreover, a shocking 2014 undercover video revealed the abuse Koch Industries (owend by the radically ultra-conservative Koch brothers), which supplies most of Chick-fil-A’s poultry, employs against our feathered friends. Video footage shows exceptionally inhumane treatment of poultry by Koch farms: http://www.chickfilacruelty.com/
Given Chick-fil-A’s support of such cruel treatment of our winged friends provides insight into why it financially supports homophobic organizations. They see LGBTQ individuals as nothing more than the birds they inhumanely slaughter.
Because of continued pressure, Chick-fil-A promised in May of 2016 to source 100% of its eggs from cage-free chickens within ten years, but that won’t take effect until 2026: https://goo.gl/tUiCDZ
So let’s show Chick-fil-A that its attitudes of intolerance and support of animal cruelty are not welcomed in the greater Hartford, CT region. We already have had some impact on their practices, and with continued demonstrations such as the one on Saturday, we can continue to effect positive change!
PLEASE JOIN US!
We won’t be disrespectful or interrupt with customers’ decisions to patronize Chick-fil-A, but we woulld like to offer them literature that explains why we’re protesting.