This Sunday, 235 activists demonstrated at a McDonald’s in LA, calling on the company to ban the cruelest practices in its chicken supply chain. The demonstration drew on the collection of activists in town for the annual Animal Rights National Conference, and what an impression they made. Numerous drivers honked horns in solidarity, and passersby took pictures of the impressive event, many of which can be found under the hashtag #ImNotLovinIt.
A coalition of various vegan animal rights groups that include Mercy For Animals, Animal Equality, The Humane League, and Compassion Over Killing organized the protest. Compassion in World Farming and World Animal Protection are also calling on McDonald’s to take action.
In late 2017, McDonald’s issued a public relations statement outlining a vague eight-point plan to end the rampant animal cruelty in its chicken supply chain. But the statement fell far short of addressing the most pressing animal cruelty concerns. Suppliers, for example, raise chickens to grow so large that the birds often can’t walk without pain. In fact, according to University of Arkansas researchers, if humans grew at a rate similar to that of commercially bred chickens, a six-pound newborn would weigh 660 pounds after just two months. And the birds live crammed together in dark, windowless sheds where the air is so thick with ammonia that even breathing can cause lung failure. Many die on the factory farm floor.
Over 200,000 consumers have signed a petition calling on McDonald’s to ban these practices. If you haven’t yet, you can do the same here.
Fast-food competitors, such as Burger King, Subway, and Starbucks, and over 80 other brands have already pledged to ban these practices—and we’re simply calling on McDonald’s to do the same. A recent survey found that four out of five Americans agreed that these horrific abuses should be banned, and yet this fast-food giant has refused to make a meaningful commitment, putting profit over common decency.
If you weren’t at the protest but would like to help, you can take action by going to McDonaldsCruelty.com. Or you can sign up to be a Hen Hero and get alerts for easy actions you can take, such as emails or tweets you can send out to put the pressure on this fast-food bully.
And remember, the best way to help stop this needless suffering is to quit eating animals altogether. For helpful tips on leaving chickens and other animals off your plate, please visit ChooseVeg.com.