Over 140 Animal Advocates Protest in Virginia Against McDonald’s Cruelty

Last Sunday, over 140 dedicated advocates took part in a massive demonstration in Alexandria, Virginia, asking McDonald’s to commit to a meaningful animal welfare policy for chickens.

The protest followed the Animal Rights National Conference, held at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center July 25–28 in Virginia. Mercy For Animals staff and supporters joined advocates from The Humane League, Compassion Over Killing, Animal Equality, and other organizations to tell McDonald’s that animal abuse is unacceptable.

Chickens in McDonald’s supply chain are among the most abused animals on the planet. Suppliers raise chickens bred to grow so large so fast that they often can’t walk without pain and many suffer heart attacks. Crowded in dimly lit sheds, the birds breathe acrid ammonia-filled air that burns their throats and lungs. Some don’t survive these terrible conditions and die on the factory farm floor.

Burger King, Subway, Starbucks, and over 100 other brands have already pledged to ban these practices. We’re simply calling on McDonald’s to do the same. According to a 2017 survey, four out of five American respondents agree that food companies should commit to policies that prohibit such abuse in their supply chains, but the fast-food giant has so far refused.

You can help make a difference in the lives of chickens raised for McDonald’s. Head to McDonaldsCruelty.com to see how, and join our digital advocacy network for simple actions that can have a huge impact.

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