Shalom Life | April 16, 2014

Alicia Silverstone and Other Luminaries Chide McDonald’s

The outspoken animal rights activist has joined 10 other celebrities urging the fast-food chain to use 100% free-range eggs

By: Sarah Bauder

Published: December 20th, 2011 in Culture » Society » News

Alicia Silverstone and Other Luminaries Chide McDonald’s
Alicia Silverstone, known as much for her animal rights and environmental activism as her acting, has joined a list of celebrities who are scolding fast-food behemoth McDonald’s for not using free-range eggs in its products.

In November, undercover footage taken by Mercy For Animals showed the egregious treatment of hens at Sparboe Farms facilities, which happen to be a primary McDonald’s supplier. The chain swiftly severed ties with Sparboe, however, Silverstone and ten others including Ryan Gosling, the Deschanel sisters (Zooey and Emily), and Bryan Adams are demanding that 100% cage-free eggs be used.

“While McDonald's has already established a 100% cage-free purchasing policy in Europe, your U.S. restaurants continue to support egg factory farms that confine hens for most of their lives in cages so small they can’t even spread their wings. nearly anything that comes naturally to them. Common sense tells us that animals with legs and wings should be given the basic freedom to move. Sadly, there is not a single federal law to protect hens from cruelty from the time they hatch to the time they are killed. While McDonald's brags about the "billions and billions served," millions of hens exploited for your restaurants are being grossly underserved. In fact, these animals are being abused in ways that would land your egg suppliers in jail, if dogs or cats were the victims,” states a portion of the letter sent to McDonald’s CEO Jim Skinner.

To sign the petition urging McDonald’s to uncage egg-laying hens, visit www.mcdonaldscruelty.com/take-action.php.


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