After appearing in a PETA production, the MSNBC news/radio talk show host and activist refused to pick up another chicken wing or leg from KFC.
His experience opened his eyes to the abusive animal treatment slaughterhouses commit toward the animals supplied to restaurant chains like KFC.
Along with becoming a vegetarian, he’s called on the Black community to boycott the chicken spot.
“I overhauled my diet after a 40-day hunger strike when I was in jail for the Vieques [military bombing practice] protest,” Sharpton said. “I dabbled with weight loss ideas, wanting to keep off the pounds I lost. First, I gave up red meat, then chicken. I ran into Bill Clinton, who told me how he has more energy, needs less sleep, and can think more clearly since going vegan, and I can tell you the same thing happened to me. I also kept in mind the words of another vegetarian friend-Coretta Scott King-who always spoke of the ethical reasons to give up meat.”
He added that a vegetarian diet is perfect for his lifestyle and he watches everything he eats.
“I feel like a new improved me.”