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 Ingrid E. Newkirk
Many PETA members
have contacted us to ask whether they should support so-called "humane"
meat. It's a question that we all should be asking because this issue is very
important—particularly for the billions of animals who are killed for our plates
If you look around,
society is at a turning point. Everyone from the NFL's Arian Foster to Bill
Clinton to Anne Hathaway is talking about how going vegan boosts one's energy
and keeps one looking slim and healthy. Grocery stores are packed with tasty
vegan foods, from faux meats such as vegan chicken and ribs to dairy-free
products such as rice milk ice cream and vegan cheese! It's no longer a chore
to ask for a vegan meal in restaurants, including steakhouses, and there are
now vegan options at schools across the country. Some universities even have
Now, more than ever
before, it is time to be kind to animals by not paying someone else to
slaughter them—something that happens even on so-called "humane"
PETA has pushed hard and will continue
to push hard to reduce the sum total of suffering in the meat, dairy, and egg
industries—because that makes a huge difference if you are a pig or a chicken
on a factory farm. We've stopped PETA protests outside Burger King or McDonald's
restaurants when those companies agreed to reforms, but that doesn't mean that we
would ever suggest eating meat from Burger King or anywhere else—because we
know that massive suffering still goes into every bite. Yes, it's better to pay
extra for an egg from a chicken who had a marginally less hideous life than one
who suffered more, but we must do better by animals. In fact, we have yet to
find a "humane" factory farm where animals don't have their tails cut
off and their ears painfully notched, where they aren't debeaked,
dehorned, or castrated without anesthesia, where they aren't kept in crowded
conditions without sunlight or fresh air, where they don't have their beloved
children taken away from them, where they aren't denied the companionship of
others, where they aren't sent to a feedlot, or where they are instantly
dispatched without the trauma of capture, the horror of transportation, or the
terror of seeing other animals killed before suffering the same fate.
PETA has pushed for vegan living since
our inception in 1980. Our motto is: "Animals are not ours to eat,
wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way."
With so many vegan cookbooks and meal options available and with programs like
the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine's 21-Day Vegan Kickstart and our
wildly popular vegan
starter kit, we can all help animals—and not miss a thing. Let's
live and let live, and tell others to come along with us, reminding them that
animals have emotions and needs just as human beings do.
is no such thing as humane meat. Giving
animals a few more inches of living space is simply not enough. Animals deserve
more. The momentum is on our side, but it will take every one of us to bring
this change about by being active advocates of animal rights. Thank you!
Ingrid E. Newkirk
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.
Written by Michelle Kretzer
sounds like the plot of a Disney movie, but this video of a pig and dog who are best buds
would warm even Walt's
cryogenically frozen heart.
mind me." After committing the most adorable case of breaking and entering
ever, a baby seal curled up on a New Zealand woman's couch for a
you do a good "fish face"? These people are spot-on. … Or are
the fish doing a spot-on "human face"?
you like an awkward conversation about the facts of life with that? A 7-year-old
girl and her mother allegedly discovered a condom in the child's McDonald's Happy Meal.
about a return on your investment: Eight years after she went missing, a dog is going home to her family, thanks
to a tiny, inexpensive microchip.
a chicken named Liberty, dubbed Britain's "last battery hen" is
headed home too. She will enjoy retirement on a farm with other hens who were formerly
confined to battery cages
as the U.K.'s ban on the cruel confinement system goes into effect for the new
Written by PETA
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
of going through racks of Halloween costumes and seeing the same old hockey
masks and sexy nurse uniforms? Here are six scary DIY costumes guaranteed to
make the most fearless revelers do a double-take—and
then think twice about eating meat, wearing fur, or going to the circus.
an idea from PETA Vice President
Dan Mathews and go as KFC's purveyor of live-chicken
scalding, Colonel Sanders.
transform into bunny butcher Donna
Karan by carrying some plush rabbits drenched in red
paint. To complete the ensemble, lie all night about how you don't
really use fur even while you're holding the evidence.
are scary to a lot of people, and Ronald McDonald is one of the scariest of
all. Follow in Andy Dick's footsteps and wave
around a bloody knife as you illustrate how a chicken becomes a McNugget. (Hint: It's a lot more cruel than it has to be because
McDonald's refuses to implement a less cruel slaughter method for
you want the theme to your outfit to be "cold as ice," be a Canadian seal clubber. A plush seal,
a club, and a red-stained shirt will have anyone with a heartbeat running and
screaming for points south of the Great White North.
splashy is more your style, don a top hat and tails or a tight Lycra jumpsuit
and you can be a Ringling
Bros. animal trainer abuser. It works best if
accessorized with a bullhook and paired with a partner
dressed as a helpless baby elephant.
women who want to show that fur is a bad asset, pair a Sasquatch suit with two
strategically placed pillows and a diva attitude to become Jennifer Lopez. Be sure to brag about
how you burn through animals like you burn through husbands.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
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
Gosling has certainly earned
his cape this month. First, he broke up a street fight in Manhattan. Then, the
Academy Award-nominated actor leapt to the defense of chickens and turkeys on
factory farms. Gosling wrote
a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on
PETA's behalf calling on the agency to revoke its approval of a foam-based extermination method that kills
birds by submerging them in foam to slowly suffocate them. This process can
take up to 15 minutes and is as traumatic and panic-inducing as killing
birds by choking them, strangling them, smothering
them, or burying them alive.
dogs and cats were killed in this way, the person committing these acts would
be charged with cruelty to animals," Gosling wrote. He went on to urge the
USDA to put its stamp of approval on a less cruel alternative that uses
carbon dioxide to painlessly render birds unconscious and that has already been
approved by veterinary experts.
This isn't the first time
that Gosling has flexed his impressive muscles in birds' behalf. He previously wrote to KFC and McDonald's urging the fast-food chains to adopt PETA's proposed animal
We just love a guy who has
such a drive to stick up for chicks. You
can be a hero for animals, too—don't patronize
McDonald's or KFC.
wishes a very happy 60th birthday to rock legend Chrissie Hynde, who, when she isn't
using her beautiful voice to sing platinum hits, uses it to stop cruelty to
animals. From opening her vegan restaurant, VegiTerranean,
to having her hit song "I'll Stand by You" featured in a heartbreaking public service
announcement, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has spent decades
advocating for animals. Chrissie's actions for animals are too numerous to
list, but here are our six favorites:
know that animals would agree with us, Chrissie—you
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