Target: McDonald’s Corporation
Goal: Urge McDonald’s to work with their suppliers to raise their farm animals in more tolerable conditions
Over 99 percent of the chickens whose eggs are used for McDonald’s products in the United States are raised in completely intolerable conditions. The issue is common among McDonald’s suppliers, who often run factory farms that are overcrowded, unkept, and unsanitary.
At the McDonald’s suppliers, chickens’ beaks are burned off without any type of anesthesia or painkillers, then stuffed into cages, called “battery cages” so tightly that they cannot move. Dead chickens are not removed and simply rot in the cage. Because they cannot walk around, the chickens’ muscles and bones begin to weaken and decay. They weaken to such an extent that they become paralyzed and die from starvation and dehydration. Beyond physical degradation, the chickens at McDonald’s factory farms also suffer mental instability or insanity under the harsh conditions despite being born as a relatively intelligent species.
McDonald’s in Europe has put forth efforts to get rid of cruel factory farms, and Burger King—McDonald’s competitor—has plans to eradicate the system as well. However, McDonald’s in the United States has continued to order from suppliers who engage in these cruel practices.
By signing this petition you will urge McDonald’s in the United States to work with their suppliers toward tolerable conditions and better treatment of the farm animals they use for food products.
Dear McDonald’s Corporation,
In the past year, I have come across various sources regarding the inhumane and intolerable conditions that farm animals are subject to at your suppliers. I learned that at these factory farms, chickens’ beaks are burned off, they are crammed into tiny cages and given no room to move, and they are forced to live amidst the corpses of other dead chickens. These chickens suffer from muscle and bone decay, possible paralysis, and mental insanity.
This is no way to treat any living thing, especially not on such a large scale. I understand that over 99 percent of the chickens whose eggs are used in McDonald’s products are treated in such a way.
Please work with your suppliers and have them understand that the system must be eradicated. These farm animals do not deserve to go through the horrible treatment they are subject to now.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credits: ITamar K. via Wikimedia Commons