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I was horrified to see video footage showing the owners of a Tyson Foods contract farm that supplies McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets clubbing and impaling live chickens with nails before throwing them into buckets to slowly die in agony.

To make matters worse, McDonald’s buys chickens from companies such as Tyson that purposely breed birds to grow so fast they frequently suffer crippling leg deformities and die from painful heart attacks and organ failure.

These sensitive and intelligent animals are crammed by the tens of thousands into filthy, windowless sheds. High levels of ammonia due to the filthy factory farm conditions also lead to severe skin and throat irritations, blindness, and deadly respiratory problems.

This disgusting cruelty and neglect must stop!

I am writing to ask that McDonald’s end many of the worst forms of animal abuse and neglect in its supply chain by swiftly adopting meaningful animal welfare policies, including:

Ending selective breeding for rapid growth and shifting to slower-growing breeds to prevent growth rate-related health problems in birds

Providing birds with more space, clean litter, access to natural light, and environmental enrichments

Ending live-shackle slaughter methods in favor of less cruel systems that eliminate the horrific suffering caused by dumping, shackling, shocking, and slitting the throats of conscious animals

Zero tolerance for animal abuse and video monitoring systems that live stream to the internet to deter egregious acts of violence against animals

These are common-sense changes that would alleviate needless animal suffering.

As McDonald’s publicly states, “Leaders lead and we recognize that our position in the global marketplace comes with that responsibility.” Please be a true leader on animal welfare within the food industry by immediately implementing these policy changes.

As the world’s largest fast-food chain and a top customer to Tyson Foods, McDonald’s has both the power and ethical responsibility to prevent egregious cruelty to millions of animals.

Thank you.




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