Rock Icon Chrissie Hynde Responds to McDonald’s Announcement

For Immediate Release:
October 27, 2017

David Perle 202-483-7382

Chicago – Below, please find a statement on McDonald’s announcement today of new welfare standards for chickens, from PETA spokesperson Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders. She has led PETA’s “McCruelty” campaign since 1999, protesting against the chain for scalding chickens alive in defeathering tanks, a practice that the company promised today to change.

McDonald’s pledge will help reduce some horrific suffering, but millions of birds will still be scalded alive for McNuggets until the policy takes effect in 2024, and the company still raises chickens with crippled legs and deformities. Other chains have enacted much stronger protections already and have broadened their base by offering vegan options.

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