Ana Ortiz—the award-winning actor of Ugly Betty fame—is just as awesome in person as she is in character as Hilda Suarez. Case in point? She’s just written a letter to the National Council of La Raza (NCLR)—the largest national Latino civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—urging the group not to partner with McDonald’s for any future events.
NCLR’s 2009 conference was sponsored by the dreaded McDonald’s, and Ana’s letter points out that slaughterhouse workers (many of whom are Hispanic immigrants) are poorly paid, usually receive no medical benefits, and face dismal working conditions. As Ana writes in the letter, “McDonald’s has no regard for animals or for the people who are paid an unfair wage to kill them.” To that end, she’s asking NCLR to join PETA in urging McDonald’s to switch to a less cruel slaughter method that would improve conditions for both chickens and workers.
Our thanks go out to Ana.
Written by Amanda Schinke