October 22, 2013 – This is a message to Pramoda Chitrabhanu from Mercy for Animals Canada. Please read, watch the video, share it! and sign this petition to stop the cruelty to chickens raised for egg mcmuffins at McDonald’s Canada.
A groundbreaking new undercover investigation by Mercy For Animals’ sister organization in Canada reveals horrific and systematic animal abuse at a supplier to Burnbrae Farms – McDonald’s Canada’s exclusive egg provider.
Shocking hidden-camera footage from the investigation was released on primetime national television this weekend during CTV’s renowned “W5” investigative program. W5 is the “60 Minutes” of Canada.
Mercy For Animals Canada’s undercover investigator worked at two factory farms in Alberta and documented a culture of cruelty, including the following:
- Thousands of egg-laying hens crammed inside tiny wire battery cages, each with less space than a single sheet of notebook paper to live her entire miserable life, unable to spread her wings, walk, perch, roost, build nests or engage in other natural behaviors
- Workers smashing the heads of chicks and then throwing them still alive and conscious into plastic garbage bags to slowly suffocate
- Chickens trapped in cage wire, mangled by factory machinery, and left to suffer from open wounds and torn beaks without proper veterinary care
- Dead hens left in cages with live hens still laying eggs for human consumption
The abuses documented during this investigation are nearly identical to those found by Mercy For Animals at a major McDonald’s egg supplier in the US—Sparboe Farms.
Chickens are intelligent, inquisitive and sensitive animals. Yet in the US and Canada, these hens are confined in tiny, barren cages for their entire lives. Their bones and muscles slowly deteriorate from lack of exercise and their short lives are filled with misery and deprivation.
Battery cages are inherently so cruel they have been banned by the entire European Union, Switzerland, New Zealand, and the states of California and Michigan.
Yet McDonald’s Canada condones this needless cruelty by buying eggs from factory farms that cram hens into battery cages.
Mercy For Animals is urging fast-food giant McDonald’s in the US and Canada to publicly oppose this appalling industry practice and to immediately stop buying eggs from suppliers who use inherently cruel battery cages, something McDonald’s in Europe has already done.
Please click here to sign the petition asking McDonald’s to take a stand against egregious animal cruelty and to eliminate battery cages from its entire supply chain. Then, share the undercover investigation with friends, family and colleagues and encourage them to take action as well.
And after you have asked McDonald’s to oppose this gruesomely unethical practice, please consider further helping hens, and all farmed animals, by exploring a diet free of eggs, dairy and meat.
For the animals,
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