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 MAY 1, 2010   VOLUME 3

McDonald's Waging a Chicken-and-Egg Battle
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McDonald's and the U.S. Humane Society are battling over animal rights. The USHS asked McDonald's to take a small number of its egg-producing hens out of cruel battery cages. However, McDonald's board of directors declined the Society's and shareholder's requests. They say that there isn't enough research to prove it's the best way.

McDonald's Current Hen Conditions:



72 square inches is all the space each each egg-producing hen lives in. This is smaller than a sheet of paper. It leaves  little room to move


5% of the hens is all the Humane Society asked McDonald's to raise outside of battery cages. McDonald's declined.


Going Cage Free:
McDonald's is one of the largest chains not to switch to cage-free hen raising. However, the company admits that Burger King, Wendy's, Denny's, Quiznos, Carl's Jr. and Hardee's use cage-free eggs.


McDonald's already uses cage free hens in the U.K. and Australia.



McDonald's Board of Directors also
declined a  suggestion from PETA regarding the humane slaughter of chickens.  In fact, they criticized PETA for being PETA.)

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