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McDonald’s National Convention Interrupted

Written by PETA | February 4, 2010

This morning, hundreds of McDonald’s owners and operators who flew to Tucson for a corporate seminar heard an unlikely speaker: PETA V.P. Dan Mathews. Our own “Rabble Rouser” took over the podium at the Westin La Paloma Resort during the opening presentation to urge franchisees to convince McDonald’s to switch to more humane slaughter methods.


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Dan’s, uh, “keynote address” centered on a topic that the company would rather ignore. McDonald’s suppliers use an outdated killing method that causes birds to have their throats cut while they are still conscious, many of them to suffer broken wings and legs, and many to be scalded to death in defeathering tanks. PETA—along with members of McDonald’s own animal welfare advisory panel—has urged the company to upgrade its slaughter method to controlled-atmosphere killing (CAK), which would eliminate the worst forms of cruelty, but so far McDonald’s refuses to listen.

If you could speak at a McDonald’s convention, what would you say?

Written by Shawna Flavell

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  • Nicole says:

    I have shares as well due to working for McDonalds at a corporate level over 14 months ago. I had no idea of the cruel practices used by their suppliers. I have not supported them in over 14 months for other reasons but this just solidifies why I will never support them in the future. I mean come on they are global want to be leader but at what cost?

  • Gail says:

    I would ask all the top management from the CEO on down to spend 3 days in slaughter houses they use. Then another 3 days where the more humane CAK method is used. I have no doubt what their decision would be after that. They might not ever eat chicken again.

  • Hezz says:

    I always have gone to mcdonalds for the large iced tea for a dollar. I have stopped doing that completely because i dont want to support the chain anymore.

  • Johanna says:

    I use to get bean burritos with no cheese from taco bell thinking that was ok…now I’ve stopped supporting fast food chains completely. One of the MAIN reasons why we even have factory farms is because of fast food. nasty no thanks.

  • Carrie says:

    Dan Mathews! 3 3 3 My hero.

  • ocean17 says:

    fast food garbage. just saying..

  • Andre Inglis says:

    McDonald’s doesn’t know that we’ve only just started. PETA takes things slowly and then escalates. It’s the PETA way. I know that our group will have Toronto Hamilton and surrounding southern Ontario cities covered. Really is it worth having your name tarnished like this? Just give into your compassionate side and we’ll leave you alone. And do you think that we’ll ever stop? We kept on KFC until KFC Canada agreed to implement CAK and added a veggie burger. The thing is we’ll just keep at you. We’ll expose your cruel practices AND educate the public about factory farming in general. You’re such a great platform lots of McD’s around great foot traffic and car traffic response… so even if you NEVER decided to change we’d still protest you.

  • John says:

    I own a large bloc of McDonald’s stock. I am really angry that they can’t at least buy from CAK producers. I’m thinking about dumping the lot.

  • Brad says:

    I too worked at McDonalds loong ago before I became vegan. Throughout the day grease and fat scraped off the grill accumulates in trays. It was my job to empty the trays into buckets and take them out at night. I will never ever forget the horrendous stench of those slop buckets.

  • Denise says:

    I am actually quite a fan of McDonalds there’s something very comforting about the sight of those golden arches when you’re doing a long road trip although I did lose interest somewhat when you stopped serving the Asian Grilled Chicken Salad a couple of years ago. However my husband and I gave up eating meat last October after watching a horrific slaughterhouse video. I believe the majority of people don’t know anything about the terrible slaughterhouse conditions and if they did more would give up eating meat. By taking the enormous step of purchasing meat from slaughterhouses that implement CAK McDonalds would be setting a great example to other fast food outlets reduce the guilt that meat eaters should feel and still be a welcome sight for those of us who enjoy our US road trips and gotta eat somewhere even more so if you added a veggie burger to your menu as suggested in a previous post!

  • Andre Inglis says:

    McDonald’s sets an example for restaurants around the world. The way they are treating animals is far too outdated. Compare this to KFC Canada where they have ALREADY implimented CAK and you who are lagging behind. Something like this can tarnish your reputation for years to come. And we know you value ‘lifetime’ customers. It is an investement to start now. If you do not start now people are going to have the a slaughtered arch chicken leg in their minds each time they pass McDonald’s. Make the change for the future. And add a veggie burger. You know there is enough people that would buy it!

  • moo.lennon. says:

    something that disgustes me a lot is a fat person eating a super greasy burger.i mean it looks like youve already eaten many cows!!give cows a break and go exercise and eat tofu!boo fast food greasy restaurants!

  • Marnie says:

    hmmm…CAK… also brutal.. my stomach thinking about killing methods. What is with the employees the environment? They have the opportunity to cut them why not one hit before they do it? Why is McDonald’s not using artificial chicken meat?

  • alex Toombs says:

    i would tell them that if they want to keep in business and keep a good reputation with the american people they should get their act together and become a company that respects it’s customers want and needs. as a responsible company they should try to benefit the environment and the people that they effect. there are always alternatives and i think as a responsible company they should consider this alternatives.

  • Claudia says:

    I would say “I worked at McDonalds myself that time I haven’t been vegan but today I can say it is a major reason why I became one. First of all…so much meat is just disgusting. People order 10 Chicken Burgers in the morning! JUCK! Everything is in these disgusting plastic bags and fat is everywhere. I had to take a shower everyday after work because everything was sticky and smelled like hell. After one month I had to buy new shoes because it wasn’t possible to wear them anymore. But not only that is unhuman…also the work conditions for all those people are disgusting. I mean come on! They have to work like a machine do the same over and over again…I can’t imagine one person who really likes working there.”

  • annie says:

    I would stand up and ask to that guy what does he would feel if his family is treated on that way and he cant stop that