Topeka turns down PETA money for potholes

TOPEKA | Topeka’s mayor says he’s as concerned about the mistreatment of chickens as the next guy but he’s not ready to create a political statement about it.

Mayor Bill Bunten said he will not support accepting an offer from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to give the city $6,000 to repair potholes.

The offer comes after KFC recently chose Topeka as one of four cities to receive $3,000 for pothole repair. About 60 holes will be patched and then painted with the phrase “Re-Freshed by KFC.”

PETA, in a letter to Bunten, offered to double KFC’s payment and have the potholes stenciled with a demonic-looking Colonel Sanders and the phrase “KFC tortures animals.”

Bunten said that while KFC’s money is for road repair, PETA is pushing a political agenda. ———

Information from: The Topeka Capital-Journal,