In the slaughterhouses of McDonald's U.S. and Canadian chicken suppliers, birds are dumped out of their transport crates and hung upside down in metal shackles, which results in broken bones, extreme bruising, and hemorrhaging. Birds even have their throats cut while they are still conscious, and many are immersed in tanks of scalding-hot water while they are still alive and able to feel pain.
Chickens are naturally inquisitive animals with cognitive abilities similar to those of dogs, cats, and primates. Just as all animals do, they love their families and value their own lives - a mother hen will even cluck softly to her chicks before they have hatched. Chickens are social by nature and will look out for other members of their group, but these gentle, intelligent birds endure extreme abuse from poorly trained, underpaid workers, some of whom have been documented stomping on live chickens, spitting tobacco into their eyes, and slamming them into walls.
The Global Conservation Group is asking McDonald's to require the use of a less cruel chicken slaughter method that is already being used by most other slaughterhouses. This method eliminates the worst abuses that chickens suffer at the slaughterhouse: broken bones and wings from being thrown around and being hung upside down in shackles, live scalding in defeathering tanks, and abuse by workers. Top animal welfare experts and McDonald's own animal welfare advisors have urged the company to require its suppliers to make the switch, but McDonald's has refused. With vast resources at its disposal, McDonald's should act now to reduce the suffering of millions of chickens killed for the chain in North America each year.
Please boycott McDonald's until they adopt a less cruel slaughter method, and urge your friends and family to do the same!
Please email, call, and mail McDonald's every month to keep up the pressure!
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