Don’t rename ‘Chicken Dinner Road,’ Idaho lawmaker says

Janine Franco, of Homedale, Idaho bikes down Chicken Dinner Road, Sunday, June 8, 2008 on the Sunnyslope outside Marsing, Idaho. (AP Photo/Idaho Press-Tribune, Charlie Litchfield)

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A lawmaker said Monday that Chicken Dinner Road in southwestern Idaho is a historic name and is opposed to an animal protection group’s request to rename it.

Republican Rep. Scott Syme on Monday introduced a concurrent resolution urging fellow lawmakers to support the existing name.

Concurrent resolutions do not need the signature of the governor and don’t have the force of law.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, in July asked Caldwell officials to change the name to what it said is the kinder and simpler Chicken Road.

“Just like dogs, cats, and human beings, chickens feel pain and fear and value their own lives,” PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said in a press release. “PETA is asking Mayor Nancolas to change this road’s name to one that celebrates chickens as individuals, not as beings to kill, chop up, and label as ‘dinner.'”

Syme said the original name stems from a 1930s resident famous for her chicken dinners who helped persuade then-Democratic Gov. C. Ben Ross to improve the road in Canyon County.

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