KFC recently released an edible nail polish in Hong Kong modeled after their two most popular chicken recipes. Many thought this was a joke at first, but no such luck.
As if there is anything beautiful about the way the factory farms that supply KFC treat their chickens.
The two flavors available for the KFC nail polish line are Original Recipe and Hot & Spicy. Both are meant to align with KFC’s slogan “Finger Lickin’ Good” – literally. And that isn’t a good thing.
So far it’s unclear what the edible polishes’ ingredients are, but we do know they were formulated with McCormick, and KFC has stated they’re made with natural ingredients — we don’t know what those ingredients actually are, but most likely some poultry is mixed in there somewhere.
According to a media release sent to Racked, the polishes were developed “to appeal to young consumers of food and fashion.”
The grossest part of this edible nail polish isn’t that people will have their fingers in their mouth, or be eating nail polish, but the cruel ways the chickens are treated in order to get that flavor and keep KFC one of the most popular fast-food joints for fried chicken.
One thing is clear: these polishes are a fancy way of packaging animal cruelty in the bottle. And another way KFC can make a profit off killing chickens.
Undercover investigations have revealed the factory farms that supply KFC severely torture the chickens. Workers have been caught breaking the birds’ wings and stomping on them. At the slaughterhouse, the birds are electrocuted and their throats slit before being plunged into scalding water — many chickens are boiled alive. This is standard slaughter practice in this cruel and poorly regulated industry.
But for billionaire companies, the welfare of animals is not a top priority. After all, animal exploitation is how they make money day after day. KFC competitors, including Chick-Fil-A, have also been exposed for extreme animal cruelty.
KFC released a video to promote their edible polish in Hong Kong and amp up excitement about the brand. Plus, they’re holding a vote to help decide which flavor should be mass produced (our pick: none of them).
Let us hope the nail polishes flop so KFC will promptly discontinue this fiasco of a product.