There are no KFCs in Tibet in part because the Dalai Lama wrote them a letter explaining how the mass slaughter of chickens violated Tibet's traditional values. An animal rights group, PETA, published a letter from the Dalai Lama this week calling on Yum Brands to rethink its decision on placing KFCs in Tibet.
In the letter, the Dalai Lama said that Tibetans rarely consumed chicken and fish before China took control of Tibet. Instead, he said, Tibetans traditionally ate larger animals such as yaks - of which fewer had to be killed. The Dalai Lama, exiled in the Indian hill town of Dharamsala since 1959, said that introduction of "industrial food practices" into Tibet would perpetuate animal suffering. He said the mass slaughter of chickens violated Tibet's traditional values.
There are more than 1,000 KFC outlets in China, which is Yum's fastest growing and most profitable market outside the US. In the end, KFC decided against planting a KFC in Tibet, saying that it wouldn’t really turn a profit. They said they made the decision long before the Dalai Lama’s intervention.