Written by Jeff Mackey
Washington resident Alba Suarez—a parent, nurse, former
teacher, and PETA member—has sent a letter to the head of the state's PTA regarding
its announced partnership with McDonald's to "promote
healthy eating for kids."
this isn't a belated April
Suarez's letter asks the group to shelve the partnership
since it sends the message that the PTA endorses the fast-food giant's fat-,
cholesterol-, and sugar-laden foods—the type of foods linked to diabetes, heart disease, and the childhood-obesity epidemic—not to mention the cruel
factory-farming practices used by McDonald's suppliers. As Suarez explains in her letter, "Despite the revenue from the
partnership, I urge you to consider its true long-term cost—the promotion of
unhealthy and inhumanely produced foods to our children."
How You Can Help
Our children deserve better than to be sold (and sold out
for) harmful animal products. Please join Alba Suarez and PETA in asking the Washington State PTA
to drop its partnership with McDonald's, and be sure to start your own
kids on a lifetime of good health and compassionate action by choosing vegan foods for your
Written by Michelle Kretzer
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something that you might not know about PETA: We hold stock in companies whose
policies we're trying to change so that we can attend annual meetings and
resolutions to try to push
companies to stop cruel practices. McDonald's had one such meeting today, so, of course, we
were there with bells on.
campaigner Tracy Patton stood up and asked
McDonald's executives why they continue to allow their suppliers to use an archaic slaughter method that includes slicing
chickens' throats while they're still conscious and scalding them to death in
defeathering tanks. She explained to the group of shareholders that an improved
slaughter method called "controlled-atmosphere killing" (CAK) would eliminate the
worst abuses of chickens and is already used by McDonald's suppliers in Europe
and by other companies in
McDonald's execs hemmed and hawed and made excuses, but they and the
shareholders got the message that PETA isn't going to let McDonald's cruel
slaughter of hundreds of millions of chickens each year be swept under the rug.
sure that McDonald's gets the message from you, too. E-mail President Don
Thompson, and demand that the chain switch to CAK.
PETA's sporty officials are easy on the
eyes but not on cruelty to animals. The refs convinced people to take a right turn at Albuquerque and dump meat and dairy products.
From the sidelines of a McCruelty restaurant, the gals called fouls on people caught being offensive to animals
and gave them a vegetarian/vegan
starter kit so that they could kick cruelty out of the game.
Hip-hop artist—and defender of animals—J Fields
recently sat down with a PETA video crew to answer some questions about his
involvement with PETA, why he went vegan (hint: It involved a KFC
protest), his take on using animal
skins and fur
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(like his own pampered cat) instead of buying from pet stores and breeders.
The inspiring musician—who has his own independent label, Black Polarbare
modeled PETA's McCruelty
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Meet Feel Ideal. Practically every day that weather permits,
he can be found outside his local McDonald's in Honolulu handing out leaflets explaining
how chickens killed for the fast-food giant suffer and how the company—as one
of the biggest sellers of chicken meat—could reduce this abuse by requiring its
suppliers to switch to a
more humane slaughter method.
It wouldn't be a proper protest without a poster, and Feel
Ideal gave his a uniquely Hawaiian twist. Yes, it's the world's first McCruelty body board!
There's an important lesson to be learned from Mr. Ideal: You
don't have to wait for a large organized demonstration to speak out against
McCruelty (or any other kind of cruelty). You can make a huge statement all by
yourself. And when you do, you're not really alone—PETA's got your back. Join the PETA Action Team
to work together toward a kinder world for everyone.
How do you convince lawmakers to turn a blind eye to the devastating effect that fast food has on our health? If you're McDonald's, you spend more than $1.1 million (in 2011 alone) lobbying political representatives. YUM! Brands, the owner of KFC, wasn't far behind, at $845,000.
The Center for Responsive Politics reports that the food industry "has been fighting Congress in recent years over nutritional requirements, labeling information and advertising. Fast food restaurants in particular have faced pressure due to their aggressive marketing aimed at children."
So, McDonald's and KFC both have about a cool mil lying around that they could put toward switching to controlled-atmosphere killing, a slaughter method that would prevent chickens from having their throats cut while still conscious and often being scalded to death in defeathering tanks. But instead, both companies spent it asking politicians to play fast and loose with Americans' health.
Click here to tell McDonald's and here to tell KFC that you're hatin' the way that they torture chickens. I think I know where they can find a tidy sum of cash to get started making changes.
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McDonald's has kicked its PR machine
into high gear after a terrific undercover investigation by
Mercy for Animals at Sparboe
of McDonald's primary egg suppliers, revealed that workers grabbed hens by the
throat and slammed them into cages, that an employee swung a hen by her feet, that
male chicks were tossed into plastic bags to suffocate, that rotting corpses of
hens were left in cages with live birds, and other horrendous abuses.
response, McDonald's announced that it will stop buying eggs from Sparboe Farms.
Hang on, though—don't let McDonald's PR move lead you to believe that this will
make a real difference for animals. We've seen it before. What Mercy for Animals
uncovered is business as
for factory farms, as countless PETA investigations, even of other McDonald's suppliers,
One example: A 2007 PETA
of a Union City, Tennessee, slaughterhouse that supplies McDonald's with much of
its chicken flesh revealed that employees yanked birds out of shackles so
aggressively that they broke the birds' legs, amused themselves by forcing as
many as six chickens into a shackle that was designed for one bird, and
forcefully slammed chickens against shackles. The electrified water bath that
is supposed to stun chickens before their throats are cut was not working for
two days, and slaughterhouse operators knowingly
allowed tens of thousands of chickens to have their throats slit while the
birds were still conscious.
isn't good enough for McDonald's to simply switch to buying eggs from another
lousy supplier with no stricter standards of "care" than the previous
cruel supplier. On filthy, intensive-confinement farms—which describes every
one of McDonald's and KFC's suppliers—hens are crammed into feces-filled wire
cages with less space than a sheet of paper for each bird, and chicks' beaks are
burned off without painkillers.
consumers must demand are meaningful reforms and an end to the worst abuses
suffered by the chickens killed for McDonald's and KFC. Here's one way to help
chickens: Encourage the chains to switch to a less-cruel slaughter method
All the abuses that chickens suffer in slaughterhouses would be eliminated if
McDonald's required its suppliers to switch to CAK, because with CAK, the birds
are dead before they are shackled, bled, and scalded in defeathering tanks. Yet
McDonald's and KFC have dragged their feet for years instead of switching
methods, even though CAK is approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and even
though McDonald's European suppliers adopted this method years ago.
beware: If you eat at McDonald's or KFC, you're eating food created via extreme
cruelty to animals. Please boycott these companies and click here to tell them
that you're not lovin' their chicken
When pop sensation Ke$ha learned that McDonald's McCruelty is
spending more than $1 billion on renovating its restaurants while still
refusing to require its suppliers to upgrade to a less cruel method of
slaughtering chickens, she fired off a letter to McDonald's CEO Jim Skinner calling out
the company for its "Sleazy" behavior. The
singer is even putting her money where her mouth is by offering McDonald's cash
to help with the transition to a more humane slaughter system: "I may
not have the $ that the Golden Arches has to throw around, but I'd be glad to
lend a hand in helping bring your suppliers' slaughter practices into the 21st
The social, inquisitive chickens killed for McNuggets have their throats cut, many have their legs and wings broken, and many are dunked into the
scalding-hot water of
defeathering tanks while still conscious.. Meanwhile, Skinner and
McDonald's continue to ignore the recommendation of the company's own animal
welfare panel, which has endorsed a slaughter method that renders the birds unconscious at the start of the
slaughtering process. This method,
which has been
approved the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is already in use by McDonald's
suppliers in Europe, so there's no excuse for allowing American suppliers to
continue with such cruelty.
Tell McDonald's to require
American suppliers to switch to the less cruel slaughter method. As Ke$ha might
say, "TiK ToK," the switch can't come a moment too soon for chickens.
Heather Faraid Drennan
It was just another evening in Hollywood—the sun was sinking in a gold-and-orange blaze, throngs of tourists were posing for photos on the Walk of Fame, and some of my PETA colleagues and I gathered to spread the message that McDonald's suppliers mutilate conscious chickens.
Although a couple of teenagers who hovered around Ozzy Osbourne's star assured me that they could beat up anyone who gave us any trouble, most of the more than 300 passersby who took our leaflets were sympathetic. In fact, even the bus passengers wanted our leaflets—a convenient bus stop provided the opportunity for a certain enthusiastic (and tall) staffer to hand leaflets through the bus windows.
You can help by telling McDonald's to require its suppliers to use a less cruel chicken-slaughter method, lest the stretch of sidewalk in front of this Hollywood location give new meaning to "Walk of Shame."
Written by Heather Faraid Drennan
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