Ronald McDonald Is Dead! PETA ‘Chickens’ Pelt The Creepy Clown With Veggie Burgers

Celebration as Fast-Food Chain Nixes the Clown Who Promotes Artery-Clogging, Inhumanely Produced Cheeseburgers and Nuggets to Children

For Immediate Release:
October 13, 2016

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Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

NashvilleWhat:    The recent spate of “creepy clown” sightings has prompted McDonald’s to withdraw Ronald McDonald from appearances—and in celebration, a group of costumed PETA “chickens” will descend on a Nashville McDonald’s on Thursday and throw veggie burgers at a Ronald McDonald effigy hanging under a banner that proclaims, “Never Trust a Clown: Eating Meat Kills” and “Cruelty Is No Laughing Matter!”

When:    Thursday, October 13, 12 noon

Where:    McDonald’s, 2700 West End Ave. (near the intersection with 27th Ave. North), Nashville

“The creepiest clown of all is the one who encourages children to chow down on sensitive animals’ corpses,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA celebrates the end of creepy and cruel Ronald McDonald promotions as well as the ever-growing popularity of veggie burgers, which are now offered at numerous competitors’ restaurants around the country.”

Cows killed for Big Macs and birds killed for McChicken sandwiches are hung upside down before their throats are slit. Many chickens are plunged into scalding-hot defeathering tanks while they’re still conscious and able to feel pain. Cows are often skinned alive.

Red Robin, Johnny Rocket’s, White Castle, and many other fast-casual restaurants all offer veggie burgers. PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—awarded McDonald’s an “F-” in its recent ranking of vegan-friendly burger chains.

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