McDonalds’s board shows some spine

It was good to see the story recently that the McDonald’s Corporation board of directors has recommended that the company’s shareholders vote against a proposal to require that five percent of the eggs purchased for the chain’s restaurants in the United States be the cage-free variety.  Obviously, this was another proposal brought forward by the Humane Society of the United States.

Other corporations that have caved in, at least at some level, to bogus HSUS banter that cage-free somehow means better are Burger King, Subway, Wendy’s, Sonic, and the retailers Wal-Mart and Trader Joe’s, among others.

But the McDonald’s board said that the science was not there to support a switch.  Hooray for some common sense and a show of some spine by McDonald’s.  The HSUS is, without a doubt, the most dangerous and deceptive organization that wants to end animal agriculture as we know it.  They claim all they want is humane treatment, but their words and actions speak louder, they want to eliminate meat from your diet

Another item that speaks louder for the HSUS is their budget.  It’s now become more widely known that HSUS does not support your local animal shelter, though the tear jerking images of sheltered dogs and cats are the basis of their national ad campaigns.  The fact is that, barring some chump change from their 100,000,000+ budget, they lobby, pay huge salaries and benefits to their staff, and spread a host of misinformation about agriculture.  Part of that misinformation is about cage-free systems.  Cage-free eggs can actually be worse for chickens.  The birds are not protected from predators or each other.  Constant pecking, broken bones, more diseases, stress and death from predators, are all prevalent in many cage-free systems, and the list goes on.

What has happened in the boardroom at McDonald’s actually could be seen not only as a vote against the HSUS, but a vote for more humane treatment of chickens!  Let’s just hope McDonald’s holds their ground, and other corporations start seeing the truth about agriculture, and the deception of HSUS.


One Response to McDonalds’s board shows some spine

  1. Rebecca Hannam says:

    Great post on an important topic! I also hope that McDonald’s holds their ground and that this news will lead other corporations to look at both sides of any ag story.

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