Pop icon Paul McCartney has fired a salvo for chicken rights,” reports Agence-France Presse. The noted vegetarian has written an open letter to KFC’s chief executive, urging him to ” implement PETA’s eight simple things that need to be done to reduce cruelty to chickens.” These recommendations include the “provision of items such as whole green cabbages to peck at and eat.”

We wonder if Sir Paul knows that PETA suggested dancing on Colonel Sanders’ grave? Or that PETA gave convicted arsonist Rodney Coronado over $70,000?

Anyone who wonders what PETA is really up to with its ridiculous protests against KFC should consider what the group’s president, Ingrid Newkirk, has to say about her agenda: “If anybody wonders about what’s this with all these reforms, you can hear us clearly. Our goal is total animal liberation.”

For the uninitiated, “total animal liberation” means completely eliminating beef, pork, and poultry from the American diet, not merely reforming the conditions in which the animals are raised and slaughtered.

The truth is that if every broiler hen in America were given an expense account, a wide-screen TV, and a Porsche, PETA would still claim that the animals have the “right” to not become a two-piece dinner.

And that’s where these lunatics part company with more reasonable folks.