I am an investigator with Mercy For Animals Canada, and for just over 10 weeks I worked undercover at Creekside Grove Farms in Spruce Grove, Alberta, and Kuku Farms in Morinville, Alberta—factory farms that produce eggs for Burnbrae Farms—McDonald's Canada's exclusive egg provider for Egg McMuffins.
These two facilities combined confine more than 200,000 chickens. The egg-laying hens are crammed together with up to nine others inside tiny wire cages stacked six cages high. Each bird has less space than a sheet of notebook paper to live her entire miserable life, unable to spread her wings, walk, play, see the sun, breathe fresh air or do nearly anything that would make her life even remotely worth living.
Subjecting sensitive and social animals to a lifetime of misery and deprivation inside tiny battery cages is perhaps the cruelest form of institutionalized animal abuse in existence. In fact, battery cages are so cruel they have been banned in the entire European Union, Switzerland, New Zealand, and the states of California and Michigan. Animal welfare experts and veterinarians the world over have also condemned their use.
Even McDonald's in the European Union banned their use—15 years ago! Yet McDonald's Canada continues to support this egregious animal abuse.
As the country's largest fast-food purchaser of eggs, McDonald's Canada has the power and ethical responsibility to end this abusive practice immediately.
Please sign my petition asking McDonald's Canada to do the right thing and prohibit battery cages in its egg supply chain.
MFA Canada Undercover Investigator
P.S. Please further help the hens by tweeting this petition #EGGMCMISERY.
I am appalled to learn from Mercy For Animals Canada that you are supporting the intensive confinement of hens in tiny wire battery cages for their entire miserable lives. These cages are so small the birds are never able to walk, perch, fully stretch their wings or do nearly anything that comes naturally to them.
Barren battery cages like these are considered so inhumane they have been banned by the entire European Union, Switzerland, New Zealand, and the states of California and Michigan.
It's time for McDonald's Canada to implement a purchasing policy against eggs from suppliers that use battery cages as McDonald's in the European Union did 15 years ago. No socially responsible company should be supporting this type of blatant cruelty to animals.