Ronald McDonald Goes the Way of the Marlboro Man?

Published by PETA.
Unhappy Meal

Hot on the heels of news that some doctors are recommending that elementary school–age kids be put on statin drugs (seriously—I wish I were making it up) comes a better prescription for dealing with the side effects of the childhood obesity epidemic. Several of the U.K.’s leading doctors are recommending a junk-food jihad.

“If we were really bold, we might even begin to think of high-calorie fast food in the same way as cigarettes—by setting stringent limits on advertising, product placement, and sponsorship of sports events,” said Professor Terence Stephenson, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

Meanwhile, PETA is taking the Detroit Public Library system and Detroit’s first lady to task for bribing encouraging kids to read books by promising them a free McDonald’s Happy Meal. Hopefully, kids will turn up their noses at this shameless gimmick after they read That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals, a copy of which PETA has sent to the library.

Written by Alisa Mullins

Get PETA Updates

Stay up to date on the latest vegan trends and get breaking animal rights news delivered straight to your inbox!

By submitting this form, you are agreeing to our collection, storage, use, and disclosure of your personal info in accordance with our privacy policy as well as to receiving e-mails from us.

 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind