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Six-Month-Old McD’s Burger Won’t Decompose

Written by PETA | October 13, 2010

Apparently—unlike the cows who are killed to make them—McDonald’s burgers can live to a ripe old age. In April, New York City–based artist and photographer Sally Davies bought a Happy Meal and left the contents sitting out in her kitchen as an experiment. Six months later, the burger looks much the same as it did on the day it was slapped together. Says Davies, “The only change that I can see is that it has become hard as a rock” and “the food is plastic to the touch and has an acrylic sheen to it.”

Hmm … if even mold won’t eat McDonald’s food, no one else should, either. Oodles of 100 percent natural, biodegradable, and cruelty-free veggie burgers are available to make our taste buds and animals happy.

Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post

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  • Anon. says:

    The main point of this is, that even mould won’t touch McDonalds food, so there is no reason why us ‘intelligent beings’ (???) should eat it. It is against MCDONALDS food guys, and it is a good argument against it.

  • Ace says:

    Judging from the photos, the french fries and hamburger bun never became moldy as well. Me thinks this is a hoax..

  • Elena says:

    That is NOT even the real point…the fact is animals DO suffer in American factory farms, and McDonald’s is supplied by the ones that treat animals the WORST, in order to keep their food cheap.  And WHY would you want to put nasty animal flesh into your body, anyway?  By the way, a human’s digestive tract–with its convoluted design and significant length–is better suited for vegetarian fare than animal flesh. Animal flesh is certainly NOT any good for the poor animals it comes from, who are slaughtered in the most cruel ways most of the time, and often endure supreme agony before they die.  What does it matter that a McDonald’s burger sits around looking like plastic after 6 months?  The poor cow it came from died a cruel death for it, that’s the main thing…

  • Shiva says:

    Do our Stomach decompose or Digest very much confused….. ;)

  • MH says:

    @Megan: How does the fact this this super-processed meat doesn’t rot prove that all meat is bad?

  • Lara says:

    I get it, but the “experiment” would have more weight if a homemade organic, grass-fed beef burger (or even a vegeburger) was placed alongside the McDonald’s burger and fries.   To be honest, I think everyone is getting caught up in the hype and not really thinking about what this actually means, which I don’t think is very much at all.  I’ve found pieces of old food underneath cushions, chairs, my stove, etc., that had to have been well over a year old, and which appeared unchanged except for hardness and shape.    

  • tom sawyer says:

    found an almost full order of chicken nugets under the couch once that my step son must have hid there! no telling how long they had been there but still looked the same as the day they where bought!

  • Megan says:

    This just reassures me that I have made the right decision when it comes to not feeding my children McDonald’s food or any other meat for that matter. Absolutely disgusting!

  • anil says:

    we all knew this. screw mc d’s!