It's Time For A Healthy, Meatless Option (Please!)
  • Petitioning Don Thompson, McDonald's CEO

This petition will be delivered to:

Don Thompson, McDonald's CEO
Jeff Stratton, McDonald's President
Tim Fenton, McDonald's COO
Greg Watson, McDonald's Senior Vice President, Menu Innovation
Cindy Goody, PhD, MBA, RD, LDN, McDonald's Senior Director of Nutrition
Julia Braun, McDonald's Director of Nutrition, Menu Innovation Team
J.C. Gonzalez-Mendez, McDonald's Senior Vice President, Global CSR, Sustainability and Philanthropy
Dan Coudreaut, McDonald's Vice President, Culinary Innovation

It's Time For A Healthy, Meatless Option (Please!)

    1. Kathy Freston
    2. Petition by

      Kathy Freston

      Studio City, CA

My name is Kathy Freston. I'm an author of books like Quantum Wellness: A Practical and Spiritual Guide to Health and Happiness, and some of you may have seen me talking about healthy living and conscious eating with Ellen Degeneres, Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Oz, or others on television or in print. I've been fortunate enough to reach millions of people with a positive message, and with this petition I’m hoping to bring a positive change to America with a mainstream meatless option at McDonald’s!

Adding plant-based protein options at McDonald's will appeal to workers out for a quick lunch, families with health-conscious members out to dinner, children on field trips, and anyone looking for something different than the current menu at McDonald’s where even the french fries contain beef flavoring (they don't in Europe, incidentally)! According to a recent survey, more than one-third of Americans already buy meat substitutes for reasons that range from health to ethics! So why not make a meatless option available at one of America’s favorite restaurant chains for everyone to enjoy? Healthy living should be about progress, not perfection, and this is an easy step that McDonald’s could be taking.

Sales of meat substitutes in the U.S. bring in over $553 million a year and visionaries like Bill Gates of Microsoft and Evan Williams and Biz Stone of Twitter are helping fund some of the many meatless options in development for mass markets. Meanwhile competitors like Chipotle have new braised tofu Sofritas, Tropical Smoothie added vegan chicken strips, and Burger King has a veggie burger! That's not even getting into the fact that KFC has vegan chicken in Canada (really, try it!), Subway already has a veggie patty, and McDonald's Canada has veggie wraps!  We Americans love a protein center to our meal, so veggies and salads alone (or even in a wrap) won’t do the trick; we want something hearty and protein-centric just like the burgers and sandwiches you already have, only with something plant-based instead.

In September, McDonald's partnered with President Bill Clinton (who improved his own health by eating plant-based foods) and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to make some youth marketing improvements, but still left me and many members of the public wondering about people of all ages looking to lower cholesterol, reduce saturated fat intake, and cut calories. Offering an option that is completely without animal products is ideal, not only for those who don’t eat animal products for ethical reasons, but for those who are lactose intolerant or have egg allergies.

Like many Americans, I’m over this "all or nothing" way of thinking by powerful decision makers in the government and in the corporate world. We need to work together to find positive ways to work towards common goals like eating healthier, farming sustainably, and treating animals with respect. In that spirit, one very simple step can come from fast food giant McDonald's adding a healthy, plant-based item to the menu in the United States. Truly, there can be something for everyone!

Please sign my petition to support adding a healthy, meatless option at McDonald's.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 100,000 signatures
    2. Thanks to Ellen for her support.

      Kathy Freston
      Petition Organizer

      On January 23, Ellen posted her support on Facebook. "My friend Kathy Freston has a petition asking McDonald’s to add more veggie options to their menu. I love options."

      My friend Kathy Freston has a petition... - The Ellen DeGeneres Show | Facebook

      My friend Kathy Freston has a petition asking McDonald's to add more veggie options to their menu. I love options.

    3. Reached 75,000 signatures

    Supporters

    @ElizBerkley

    Feb 21, 2014

    Pls sign the petition to get meatless protein option in to McD #kind #humane http://t.co/2qy6GBPXJP Pass it around!

    Elizabeth Berkley
    92.4k followers

    @PamelaDAnderson

    Jan 29, 2014

    Pls sign this @change petition by @kathyfreston for veggie burger @McDonalds http://t.co/C3yV6r8ZeZ

    Pamela Anderson
    1.01M followers

    @PeterSinger

    Jan 29, 2014

    I've signed the petition for a McVeggie: http://t.co/dr0bJHXUVw

    Peter Singer
    43k followers

    @AliciaSilv

    Jan 25, 2014

    You could help encourage @McDonalds to add a veggie burger to the menu at @Change. http://t.co/IgSC7tGMFP

    Alicia Silverstone
    234k followers

    @TryVeg

    Feb 04, 2014

    Nearly 100K people r urging @McDonalds to do what its competitors have already done: offer meat-free meals - http://t.co/AkqQ8glsPu

    COK
    13k followers

    @Kevin_Eubanks

    Feb 04, 2014

    http://t.co/aM8oubY6po

    Kevin Eubanks
    4.13k followers

    @TonyGonzalez88

    Feb 04, 2014

    Pls sign this @change petition by asking @McDonalds to add a veggie burger Link: http://t.co/hH6ennUU2i

    Tony Gonzalez
    227k followers

    @MeatlessMonday

    Feb 01, 2014

    Want to go McMeatless Monday? Sign @KathyFreston's petition for a healthy, meatless option at McDonalds: http://t.co/BZlUJijY6G

    Meatless Monday
    28.1k followers

    @UncleRUSH

    Jan 23, 2014

    I signed this petition by my dear friend @KathyFreston asking McDonald's to offer veggie burgers. Join us! http://t.co/zHzA2H94ZM

    Russell Simmons
    3.04M followers

    @bittman

    Jan 24, 2014

    A petition for a vegie burger at McD's. Sign, please! http://t.co/29EJfB3sX2

    Mark Bittman
    407k followers

    @HumaneSociety

    Jan 31, 2014

    RT @change.org 70k consumers agree with @kathyfreston that @McDonalds should add a healthy meatless option: http://t.co/rB3rqgVExZ

    Humane Society
    233k followers

    @MeatFreeMonday

    Feb 02, 2014

    Think McDonald’s US should introduce a #MeatFree protein-centric option? Then sign @kathyfreston's petition ... http://t.co/Xni9PwktDP

    Meat Free Monday
    25.8k followers

    @peta

    Jan 23, 2014

    Veggie burgers at @McDonalds? Join w/ @KathyFreston if u think everyone deserves access to healthy, humane food! http://t.co/axsZQsGeJq

    PETA
    455k followers

    @MercyForAnimals

    Jan 27, 2014

    Please sign author and activist @kathyfreston's @change petition asking for a veggie burger at McDonald's! https://t.co/tkXzUhLoxX

    Mercy For Animals
    131k followers

    @gardein

    Jan 23, 2014

    Our dear friend @kathyfreston is stepping forward with a #meatless change at @mcdonalds http://t.co/j1cljDwLMJ - #retweet your support!

    gardein
    16.7k followers

    @BeyondMeat

    Jan 30, 2014

    Sign @kathyfreston @change petition for a meatless burger @McDonalds http://t.co/eS85oWcDYk Beyond Burger anyone?!

    Beyond Meat
    8.92k followers

    @DrNealBarnard

    Jan 30, 2014

    Do you want to see more meatless options? Please sign & RT @kathyfreston's @Change petition: http://t.co/N1gWe8hk3A Tx!

    Neal Barnard, MD
    10.8k followers

    @PCRM

    Jan 30, 2014

    Think it's time to see a McVeggie on the menu? Sign @kathyfreston's @Change petition! http://t.co/XY3KdurlKw @McDonalds Pls RT!

    Physicians Committee
    26.5k followers

    @johnmcdougallmd

    Jan 29, 2014

    Please sign this petition asking @McDonalds for a veggie burger; a big step in the right direction! https://t.co/SOmYThgD3R

    John McDougall, MD
    12.7k followers

    @riseagainst

    Jan 29, 2014

    Not the best company, but having toured all over America, we support adding a healthy veggie option at McDonald's http://t.co/vufWIV0z4E

    Rise Against
    306k followers

    @andrewzimmern

    Jan 29, 2014

    feeling good after #SOTU ? here is a great way to feel good and take some action! https://t.co/7Lq2wJ7aUq

    Andrew Zimmern
    659k followers

    @DaniellaMonet

    Jan 28, 2014

    Please sign this @change petition by @kathyfreston for a veggie burger @McDonalds --> http://t.co/jvEPDN25qV

    Daniella Monet
    1.34M followers

    @BlueZones

    Jan 28, 2014

    Will 2014 be the year of the McVeggie burger? Sign @kathyfreston's petition for a healthy option at @McDonalds https://t.co/DOBC7z3Dz0

    Dan Buettner
    22.6k followers

    @CSPI

    Jan 27, 2014

    We agree with @kathyfreston: It's time for a healthy #meatless option at @McDonalds. Sign her petition: http://t.co/isslFMU5Lo

    CSPI
    14.6k followers

    @AmySmart26

    Jan 28, 2014

    McDonald's: It's Time For A Healthy, Meatless Option http://t.co/tzji30poDr via @Change Please sign this if you believe in it! I just did

    Amy Smart
    37.1k followers

    @DeanOrnishMD

    Jan 26, 2014

    Sign today! RT @kathyfreston: @DeanOrnishMD signed @McDonalds petition! https://t.co/8acM2XKa4r Pls join him! https://t.co/qcVmpRC6Jx

    Dean Ornish, MD
    19.1k followers

    @TulsiGabbard

    Jan 26, 2014

    Check out this petition for adding healthier, meatless options for fast food http://t.co/KsFfdMT9me

    Tulsi Gabbard
    10k followers

    @Traceybregman

    Jan 24, 2014

    Please help my friend @kathyfreston get a vegan option at McDonalds! http://t.co/3XlOnnx5kG

    Tracey Bregman
    53.2k followers

    @KatieLeeKitchen

    Jan 23, 2014

    I signed this petition asking @McDonalds to offer Veggie Burgers. It's waaaay past time for more healthy options: http://t.co/APMD6Q4MqR

    Katie Lee
    39.7k followers

    @thefoodbabe

    Jan 23, 2014

    Not an unreasonable request. @McDonalds you can do it! @KathyFreston http://t.co/sJbPYYW6hf

    Food Babe
    40.4k followers

    @LeilaniMunter

    Jan 23, 2014

    McVeggie Burger? Yes please! Pls sign my amazing friend @kathyfreston's petition asking McDonalds for veggie option! https://t.co/vN0KH3nBYQ

    Leilani Munter
    12.7k followers

    @billburton

    Jan 22, 2014

    Click here for best-selling health author @kathyfreston's http://t.co/ykZBeEs1PI petition for real change at McD's: http://t.co/3LAbENyMjk

    Bill Burton
    30.1k followers

    @DrJennBerman

    Jan 23, 2014

    I did! MT @kathyfreston Will 2014 be year of the McVeggie burger? Pls sign my petition to McDonald’s & pass around! https://t.co/y91CZUcF9w

    Dr. Jenn Berman
    30.3k followers

    @LisaBloom

    Jan 23, 2014

    I signed this petition by my beautiful vegan friend @KathyFreston asking McDonald's to offer veggie burgers. Join us! http://t.co/ls65LnAT28

    Lisa Bloom
    28.8k followers

    Reasons for signing

    • Vincenzo Granata HENDERSON, NV
      • 1 day ago

      The suffering and killing of animals is needless and outrageous, especially considering that humans particularly thrive on a plant-based/vegan diet.

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    • Adam Ducker ROGERS, AR
      • 1 day ago

      I go to Burger King because they have a veggie burger. I have nothing to enjoy at McDonald's because they still do not have a veggie burger.

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    • Little Wanker CLOVIS, NM
      • 2 days ago

      Its called french fries and a drink stupid blondie!

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    • Giselle Harris BRIDGETON, NJ
      • 3 days ago

      vegans are people too

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    • ANDREA AVERY MEDFORD, OR
      • 4 days ago

      My sister is vegetarian and would be able to eat with me when I eat at McDonalds

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