Many people and groups are outraged and are urging the city to deny Chick-fil-A's permits. Gay rights and animal rights activists are joining forces against Chick-fil-A.
In a press release from the Global Conservation Group, Tim Green said "Corporations that profit from the bloodshed and cruelty of animals have no place in our city."
In a letter to the City of Madison's Planning Commission, Global Conservation Group stated "The City of Madison has always been a leader when it comes to supporting diversity and kindness of its citizens, however, allowing Chick-fil-A to construct an establishment in Madison would be turning our backs on a portion of our community; our LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) friends, family and neighbors. I think it's important that the city sends a message that we want business here ... but what we can't have and don't want are businesses that have discriminatory roles."
Chicago and Boston both denied similar permit requests made by Chick-fil-A. In fact, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanual said “They disrespect our fellow neighbors and residents. This would be a bad investment, since it would be empty.”
The city is scheduled to have a meeting on Monday, April 28 to decide on the permit. Those interested in submitting your thoughts or concerns to the city can email firstname.lastname@example.org