In Japan, Kentucky Fried Chicken isn’t just popular, it’s an institution. It’s even a holiday tradition. Eating KFC on Christmas has been widely practiced since the mid-1970s. With 1200 locations across the country, Japan is KFC’s third-largest market after China and the US.
Standing outside near the entrance of each one of those outlets, welcoming customers with open arms and a smile, is a life-size statue of Colonel Sanders. And, thanks to Kotaku, we just learned that those statues of The Colonel are dressed in all sorts of different costumes all the time - for specific holidays, for seasonal celebrations, media promotions, and sometimes just for the fun of it.
The photos you see here represent a very small sampling of the costumed Colonel Sanders statues that have been spotted around Japan. Head over to Kotaku to view many more.
KFC buys nearly a billion chickens a year - if you packed those chickens body to body, they would blanket Manhattan from river to river and spill from the windows of the higher floor of office buildings - so its practices have profound ripple effects throughtout all sectors of poultry industry.
KFC insists it is “committed to the well-being and humane treatment of chickens.” How trustworthy are these words? At a slaughterhouse in West Virginia that supplies KFC, workers were documented tearing the heads of live birds, spitting tabacco into their eyes, spray-painting their faces, and violently stomping on them. These acts were witnessed dozens of times. This slaughterhouse was not a “bad apple,” but a “Supplier of the year”. Imagine what happens at the bad apples when no one is looking.