Dalai Lama opposes KFC in Tibet

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The Dalai Lama has thrown his weight behind an animal rights group’s campaign against KFC’s entry into Tibet.

“It is quite natural for me to support those who are currently protesting the introduction of industrial food practices into Tibet that will perpetuate the suffering of huge numbers of chickens,” the Dalai Lama is quoted as saying in the letter to KFC. [Daniel Brett]

Backing such causes may well be in line with the Dalai Lama’s religious beliefs, but they do devalue his position as a political leader of the Tibetans. One of China’s main planks against the Dalai Lama’s movement is that Tibet would remain a backward theocracy under his rule, whereas China’s central government seeks to deliver progress and economic development to the Tibetan people.

Attacks and agitations against McDonalds and KFC have come to be recognised as attacks against globalisation of which they are icons. It is ironical for the Dalai Lama – who so well integrated Tibetan Buddhism with the modern world on the back of globalisation – to be seen as backing a cause that is often construed as repudiating it.

2 thoughts on “Dalai Lama opposes KFC in Tibet”

  1. This (ban request) will also alienate the younger Tibetans in China. I feel that the Tibetan youngsters (at least in the urban areas) are looking forward for economic opportunities. They are comfortable with (Han) Chinese pop culture and are beginning to sound confident living and actually generating economic wealth within the Han dominated society.

    As for the cruelty to animals – what about the ubiquitous yak meat and meat filled momo ?

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