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KFC denies plans to enter Tibet as Dalai Lama blasts PETA

AP , NEW DELHI

The Dalai Lama's office said on Friday that an animal rights group misrepresented a request by the spiritual leader that fast-food chain KFC not open an outlet in Tibet.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) released a document on Thursday from the Dalai Lama asking that the Kentucky-based restaurant chain ``abandon its plan to open restaurants in Tibet.''

But the Dalai Lama's heading on the document, ``APPEAL,'' was changed to ``Dear Mr. Novak'' -- a reference to chief executive officer David Novak of KFC's parent company, Yum! Restaurants.

The rest of the text of the Dalai Lama's appeal was unchanged, including his comment that seeing a chicken slaughtered outside a kitchen in India in 1965 made him decide to become a vegetarian.

In Louisville on Thursday, Yum! corporate spokesman Jonathan Blum said the company has no plans to enter Tibet.

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