• Petitioning Peter Bensen

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Executive VP & CFO
Peter Bensen
Jim Skinner
VP Social Responsibility
Bob Langert
President & COO
Don Thompson
President, McDonald's USA
Jan Fields (President, McDonald's USA)

Urge McDonald’s to Stop Torturing Hens for Egg McMuffins

    1. Petition by

      Mercy For Animals

A new Mercy For Animals undercover investigation has exposed shocking cruelty to animals at a McDonald’s egg supplier.

During the investigation, MFA documented workers burning off the beaks of baby birds without any painkillers, and grabbing hens by their throats and roughly shoving them into battery cages, chicks trapped and mangled in cage wire suffering from open wounds and torn beaks, and dead hens left to rot and decompose in cages with birds still laying eggs for McDonald’s Egg McMuffins.

Although all of these are examples of intolerable cruelty, perhaps the worst form of abuse these birds are forced to endure is a life of prolonged misery in a tiny wire battery cage. Battery cages are so small that each bird has less space than a single sheet of notebook paper to live out nearly her entire life. She is unable to freely spread her wings, perch or roost, breathe fresh air or see the sun. Every natural instinct is frustrated, as these birds have been reduced to mere egg-producing machines.

As a civilized society, it is our moral obligation to prevent needless cruelty to animals. As the largest egg purchaser in the United States, McDonald’s has not only the responsibility, but also the enormous purchasing power to ensure that the products sold in its restaurants are not the products of egregious animal abuse.  Please use the form below to send a polite email to CEO Jim Skinner urging McDonald’s to commit to ending its supplier relationships with battery cage egg operations and to create a clear roadmap for speedily achieving 100% cage-free status in the United States – something the company has already done in Europe.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Sahreenah Glispie SEATTLE, WA
      • about 6 hours ago

      I believe in treating animals with care.

    • Kyle Price LEWISPORT, KY
      • 2 days ago

      If it were any human being, people would go insane and flip out about it. But no one bats an eye for creatures who are more innocent then anybody on this earth.

    • matt murphy VIENNA, VA
      • 4 days ago

      Because animals mean alot to me and they shouldnt be treated badly

    • Nicholas Banham MUNICH, GERMANY
      • 5 days ago

      Come on McDonald's you can afford to treat these aminals in their sort lives better than this, choose suppliers with principles..

    • sara deevey OTTWA, CANADA
      • 5 days ago

      animals need a voice too


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