McDonald's continues to use eggs from battery hens in all of its U.S. locations.
Hens kept in battery cages cannot even spread their wings. Cage-free hens are able to walk around, and they have two to three times the amount of space as those kept in cages.
Battery cages are also filthy environments, and are a threat to public health. Cage-free facilities have significantly lower rates of salmonella than cage facilities do.
Sign the petition to tell McDonald's that it is time to go cage-free, for animal welfare and for human health.
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I am concerned with McDonald's use of caged eggs, as both an issue of animals welfare and as a threat to public health. The battery cages are so small that the birds cannot even move their wings. Cage-free hens have twice that amount of room.
Cramming thousands of animals into tiny cages also becomes a threat to human health. Cage-free facilities have significantly lower rates of salmonella than cage facilities do. 1,300 people become sick from salmonella earlier this year after eating eggs from battery-caged hens.
Many of McDonald's competitors, such as Burger King and Wendy's, have already made the switch to cage-free eggs. McDonald's should not lag behind on this important change.
McDonalds in Europe will be 100% cage-free by the end of 2010, due in part to consumer demand. American consumers demand the same from their McDonald's: a commitment to better animal welfare and safeguards against disease.
Please make the transition to cage-free eggs at McDonald's as soon as possible.