When things are looking down, PETA can always be counted on for a lift:

Chickens have feelings, too. And unappreciated brains.

That’s the message delivered Wednesday to Gov. Bobby Jindal by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals as the group suggested that Louisiana use state funds to turn a closing Pilgrim’s Pride poultry processing plant in Farmerville into a “Chicken Empathy Museum.”

“The museum could feature exhibits such as video footage from research . . . showing how smart chickens are,” the group wrote in a letter to Jindal. “The Chicken Empathy Museum will have educational displays that highlight interesting facts about chickens, including that chickens are intelligent animals with mental abilities comparable to cats, dogs and even primates.”

There’s no doubt that chickens are very smart. After all, to my knowledge, not a single chicken has ever given any money to PETA.

Pamela Anderson also speaks out for the chickens — a little creature with a brain the size of a pebble, scrawny legs, high pitched squawk and plump breast meat — and then of course there’s the chicken.

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