When I read that Joan Jett jumped on a car hood to join PETA’s protest outside the Waldorf Astoria, where McDonald’s Jim Skinner was to receive a “Distinguished CEO” award (?!) last night, I started applauding.
Sure, Jim Skinner is “distinguished”—from anyone with an ounce of compassion and a kernel of common sense, that is. Why else would McDonald’s continue to refuse to mandate that its American and Canadian suppliers implement controlled-atmosphere killing (CAK) in order to dramatically reduce the cruelty that they inflict on billions of animals? Chicken slaughterhouses in the U.S. have started to implement CAK, and some restaurant chains (including Quiznos, Subway, Starbucks, and Ruby Tuesday) and grocery chains (including Safeway, Harris Teeter, and Winn-Dixie) already purchase turkeys killed by CAK.
Know this: As long as Skinner and other execs at McDonald’s thumb their noses at compassion, we’ll continue to finger their shameful ways. Care to give us a hand?
Written by Karin Bennett