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Question McCruelty

Written by PETA | July 30, 2010
Bloody McDonald's Sign

Note to bigwigs at animal-abusing companies: Don’t offer to answer questions unless you’re prepared to sit in the hot seat! When PETA learned that McDonald’s vice president Bob Langert is taking questions from stakeholders—people who are affected by McDonald’s actions—on McDonald’s “corporate responsibility” blog, PETA Senior V.P. Dan Mathews sent in this query, which is sure to make Langert squirm:


Chickens who are killed by McDonald’s suppliers have their throats cut while they are still conscious, and many suffer broken limbs or are scalded to death in defeathering tanks. As the leading U.S. purchaser of chicken meat, your company has the ability and the market power to end these abuses. When will McDonald’s become a leader in animal welfare by requiring your U.S. suppliers to switch to a less cruel slaughter method that’s approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is already used by McDonald’s suppliers in Europe?

After all, who is more affected by McDonald’s actions than the nearly 300 million chickens who are slaughtered for the chain each year? It’s unlikely that Langert will respond, even though PETA is not only a stakeholder but also a company shareholder.

You can give McCruelty an earful about its abusive methods by leaving a stakeholder comment of your own or by urging the company to adopt that less cruel slaughter method, which is called “controlled-atmosphere killing.”

Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post

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  • Mikaela says:

    Just wondering does McDonalds use the same practices for killing chickens in Australia?

  • Nick, Mumbai India says:

    I boycotted KFC ensured my office meetingsparties dont call for food from KFC and now looks like McD is going to face the same losses. I must be honest I eat Chicken trying to give it up as I support PETA however I will not eat Chicken from a place that is cruel to them even tho they are in a dfferent country continent.

  • Diane T. says:

    McDonalds does not provide veggie burgers in Wisconsin. I contacted their website and asked for them to provide these because we are vegan. I think they do need to change where they get their food. Slaughtering chickens their way is inhumane. With all the hype on animal rights I am suprised they still practice this method.

  • Ineke says:

    I’m a strickt vegan and do i of all have to defend MC Donalds now? they sell veggieburgers here in Holland no other fast food restaurant does if people want to eat veggie burgers they will sell veggie burgers. Very few people do so blame the consumers or try to make them eat the veggie version. Ofcause i also want to say that if they sell meat anyway the should do it in an as gentle way as possible.