Animal Cruelty:
The Secret Ingredient in Chicken McNuggets

Bred for Pain

Birds raised for McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets have been bred to grow so quickly they frequently become crippled under their own weight. Unable to walk without extreme pain, many die of dehydration when they can’t reach water. Others die from heart attacks, organ failure, and other problems related to rapid growth. Overcrowding in filthy factory farms also leads to severe skin and throat irritations, blindness, and deadly respiratory problems.

At this McDonald’s McNugget supplier—a Tyson Foods contract farm in Tennessee—sick and injured birds, or those who are simply too small to make a profit, are violently beaten to death with spiked clubs or have their heads stepped on and their necks broken by the callous farm owners. Those who survive the wretched factory farm conditions are grabbed by their legs, wings, and necks and slammed into transport crates bound for the slaughterhouse.

As shocking as it is, this type of cruelty and neglect is common in the poultry industry. There are no federal laws to protect chickens during their lives on factory farms, and most states specifically exclude chickens from anti-cruelty laws. All of this means that McDonald’s McNugget suppliers are able to routinely get away with torturing millions of animals to death every year.

Although unconscionable cruelty and violence are standard practice in the chicken industry, caring consumers can help end the needless suffering of chickens and other farmed animals by choosing vegan alternatives to meat, milk, and eggs. Please visit to learn more.

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