Quiz 4: Critics of Business
The case discussed here is about the impasse between world's largest chicken restaurant chain K and an animal right activist organization P. The organization P is pushing K, being a very big buyer of chickens from farms, to force their suppliers to use chicken harvesting and killing techniques which are less painful and more humane. A person would favor the demands of organization P. It is true that chickens are sentient beings and they also feel pain and suffering like all other living beings. Chickens have been treated badly since beginning as they were used in cockfight, etc. which gave them gruesome death, but there are organizations like P which are fighting for their cause. If it is necessary to consume chicken, then at least the farming, harvesting, and killing of chicken should be done in most humane way possible. K is a very big and successful chain and they are not accepting the demand of organization P, just because they do not want to lose some small share of their profits. These big companies have made market so competitive that chicken farmers are working on very small margin and are not able to bear the cost of taking proper care of chickens. If they increase their operation cost a little bit, then the demands made can be fulfilled, as they can pay higher price to chicken farmers, but company is not ready to do so. Besides this, more amount can be spent upon caring of chickens. So, organization P is correct.
The case discussed here is about the impasse between world's largest chicken restaurant chain K and an animal right activist organization P. The organization P is pushing K, being a very big buyer of chickens from farms, to force their suppliers to use chicken harvesting and killing techniques which are less painful and more humane. The basic criticism of company P is that the companies like K which are very big buyer of chicken from the chicken farms around the world should not just take care of their profits, but should also see to it that chicken farming is done in proper and habitat able conditions. It is true that chickens are sentient beings and they also feel pain and suffering like all other living things. And if it is necessary to consume chicken, then at least the farming, harvesting, and killing of chicken should be done in the most humane way possible. K is a very big and successful chain and they are not accepting the demand of organization P just because they do not want to lose some small share of their profits. If they increase their operation cost a little bit, then the demands made can be fulfilled, as they can pay a little extra price to chicken farmers. So, these criticisms of P against K are convincing and correct. The case of K and organization P, and the timeless criticism of business discussed is similar in some cases, like the opening case of the chapter. The opening case talks about how the employers were exploiting employees and paying them so less that it was forcing them to live in inhumane conditions. The weaker section was exploited just because business owners wanted to earn more and more profit, without any humane regard for condition of others.
PETA is an aggressive animal rights activist organization that has become universally recognized for its effective operations against big corporations. It became triumphant over Mc D's, BK, W's, and many other fast-food chains. Following its successive wins over huge fast-food chains, PETA attacked the largest multinational chicken restaurant chain-KFC, over its inhumane way of treating of chickens bred and butchered for its eateries. PETA charged the company K to impose stringent brand-new rules on its suppliers to embrace humane practices in their respective poultry farms. The company K repudiated by asserting that chickens were raised decently. PETA is furious with the way chickens are handled by the suppliers, but, since farms are out of public view, K became vulnerable to attack and activists believed that attacking K would bring reformation on raisers and slaughterhouses. Aside from other corporations that accepted the campaigns of PETA, company K did not wholly comply with PETA's recommendations and did not accept their allegations of treating chickens inhumanely. PETA maintained that the affliction of chickens was an ethical concern, transcending financial gains. In response to these allegations, KFC admitted examining its guidelines. Following the dialogue, K adopted several strategies. It established an AW Council constituted of non-K learned and industry specialists and initiated unannounced scrutiny of breeders and butcheries. However, PETA was discontented with its stratagems and beckoned for additional actions. It launched a series of attacks on numerous K outlets in different countries and also personally attacked the CEO and various important dignitaries of K, which K declared it an act of corporate terrorism. Throughout PETA's campaign, K maintained a low profile while working to elevate the animal welfare standards. In support of its actions, K asserted that it complied with the laws in all of its restaurants and since it is the mere purchaser, it has no jurisdiction over slaughterhouses where violations may occur. It accentuates that as a chicken buyer, it accepted the obligation and the ability to drive in the compassionate handling of chicken and is continuously endeavoring to take action. It adhered to the YB's AWGP and executed an extensive assortment of K PW Guidelines comprising breeding, poultry farms, gripping, transporting, holding, and butchering, which K proclaimed it industry-leading action. The company K's actions and arguments against PETA can be considered as the best defense the chicken can provide since it is inherently impossible to monitor independent suppliers. It has done its best as a buyer and is taking action to check the treatment of chickens in slaughterhouses.