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McDonald’s Cruelty: Creating Mentally Broken & Physically Destroyed Animals

June 12, 2013

Source HuffPost Green
By Bruce Friedrich

More than 99 percent of eggs used by McDonald’s in the U.S. come from chickens confined in tiny, barren cages, in what is certainly the most abusive factory farming system in existence.

As you can see in this video from a Mercy for Animals investigation into a McDonald’s supplier, the animals’ muscles and bones deteriorate from lack of use, and these inquisitive and doting mothers go insane from having almost every natural desire thwarted.

I remember when I saw my first video from a battery cage; I couldn’t believe the mummified bodies of hens in cages with live hens, the investigators peeling the rotting corpses from the cages. I was sure it was a particularly bad “farm.” But it turned out that all of the many subsequent undercover investigations found this same gruesome reality in battery cage facilities, and it’s common enough that the industry has a name for it — “cage fatigue.” It happens when the animals’ bodies deteriorate so thoroughly that they become paralyzed, causing them to dehydrate to death. Click here or here for documentation and video.

The animals also go insane. It’s worth remembering that chickens do extremely well in tests of cognitive function and behavioral sophistication. Discovery Magazine reported on research from the University of Bristol: “Chickens do not just live in the present but can anticipate the future and demonstrate self-control… something previously attributed only to humans and other primates…” But in battery cages, chickens can barely move; like a dog or cat would in similar conditions, the animals go insane from the lack of mental stimulation.

In Europe, McDonald’s has received awards for getting rid of this same system beginning in 1998. In 2008, I attended a ceremony in the Houses of Parliament in the UK at which a McDonald’s Europe executive said about getting rid of battery cages, “We believe this is the right thing to do. This is the latest step in McDonald’s evolution from being a fast food company to a company that serves good food, fast.”

He was right, and it’s way past time for McDonald’s in the United States to listen. McDonald’s nearly-exclusive use of battery cage eggs in the U.S. is indefensible, grotesquely unethical, and hugely inconsistent with its own policies in other countries. Eating at McDonald’s, of course, directly supports the abuse.

It’s worth noting that Burger King — McDonald’s top competitor — has pledged to do away with its support for the system completely.

If you know someone who eats at McDonald’s, please send them a link to this article. Please also share it on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites.

And please click here to send an email to McDonald’s executives urging them to take action. Together, we can convince McDonald’s to stop supporting horrific cruelty to animals.

we are chickens
not just dumb clucks.
our future sickens,
and our present
so please old mcdonalds,
we do not live on a
happy farm.
stop contributing to the
that cause us death
and irreparable

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

14 Comments leave one →
  1. June 12, 2013 12:44 pm

    Reblogged this on Vegan Lynx.


  2. June 12, 2013 1:26 pm

    we are chickens
    not just dumb clucks.
    our future sickens,
    and our present
    so please old mcdonalds,
    we do not live on a
    happy farm.
    stop contributing to the
    that cause us death
    and irreparable


  3. June 12, 2013 2:35 pm

    This needs to be stopped! How would these people enjoy being caged up in this horrific environment! For god sake these little creatures have feelings!!!!!


  4. lindabadham permalink
    June 12, 2013 3:46 pm

    For Gods sake stop the unnecessary evil !!


  5. narhvalur permalink
    June 12, 2013 9:17 pm

    Reblogged this on Ann Novek–With the Sky as the Ceiling and the Heart Outdoors.


  6. June 13, 2013 9:39 am

    Reblogged this on Sherlockian's Blog and commented:
    Please read this and learn the truth behind McDonalds.


  7. Manel Dias permalink
    June 30, 2013 4:08 pm

    I cannot fathom the pure sufferings these tiny animals going through. I feel so sick to my stomach. When are we human beings will eventually understand the sufferings of other living beings. Where is the empathy towards other living beings. Alas perhaps may take many decades or even more than several decades every one to understand the real situations of other little creatures the god created.


    • June 30, 2013 6:39 pm

      It forever makes me sad and so angry, the little these innocent creatures are thought of, only as profit. I understand what you are saying, well-written. Thank you, Manel.



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