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Protesters Ruffle Feathers Over Cruel Slaughter Method
For Immediate Release:May 19, 2010
Contact:Ashley Byrne 757-622-7382
Oak Brook, Ill. -- Wearing buttons emblazoned with the words "Stop McCruelty," five PETA members in chicken costumes will greet shareholders attending the McDonald's annual meeting in Oak Brook on Thursday. Other PETA members will hold signs that read, "Scalded Alive" and "Broken Wings and Legs." PETA wants the company to heed the advice of its own animal welfare advisors and order its suppliers to switch to a less cruel method of chicken slaughter that has been approved by the U.S Department of Agriculture and that is already used by several of McDonald's European suppliers. Inside the meeting, a representative of PETA, which owns stock in McDonald's, will speak in support of PETA's shareholder resolution calling on the company to switch to the less cruel method:
When: Thursday, May 20, 10 a.m.Where: Outside McDonald's campus, 2915 Jorie Blvd., Oak Brook (at the intersection of Jorie Blvd. and Forest Gate Rd.)
"McDonald's can stop the worst abuses that chickens endure simply by switching to a less cruel method of slaughter," says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. "While McDonald's drags its feet, chickens continue to suffer unnecessarily."
McDonald's American suppliers are under fire for using an archaic method of chicken slaughter in which many birds suffer broken wings and broken legs, have their throats cut while they are still conscious, or are scalded to death in defeathering tanks. By requiring its suppliers to update their slaughter methods, McDonald's could eliminate all these abuses.
Many of McDonald's competitors--including Burger King, Carl's Jr., Hardee's, Popeyes, and Wendy's--have made clear a purchasing preference for chicken suppliers that use the less cruel method. And a number of restaurant and grocery chains--including A&P, Harris Teeter, KFCs in Canada, Kroger, Quiznos, Ruby Tuesday, Winn-Dixie, and even McDonald's restaurants in Europe--are already sourcing chickens or turkeys from suppliers that use the less cruel method.
PETA's statement is available upon request. For more information, please visit PETA's Web site McCruelty.com.
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