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McDonald’s To Phase Out Gestation Grates

On Monday of this week, McDonald’s announced that they will now require U.S. pork suppliers to phase out the use of gestation crates. In a press release by the Humane Society of the United States, Dan Gorsky, the senior vice presidents of McDonald’s North American Supply Chain Managment said, “McDonald’s believes gestation stalls are not a sustainable production system for the future. There are alternatives that we think are better for the welfare of sows… McDonald’s wants to see the end of sow confinement in gestation stalls in our supply chain.” This step by McDonald’s has been called an ‘earthquake’ in the pig business,  but some animal rights activists feel that McDonald’s isn’t doing enough to improve their animal welfare standards.

What do you think about McDonald’s announcement to phase out gestation grates?


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McDonald’s now serving veal burgers

“After earning praise from animal rights advocates in the U.S. for a commitment earlier this year to begin buying cage-free eggs, McDonald’s has turned heads in the other direction with the news of its newest sandwich: a veal burger.” -The Organic Authority

Just when I thought McDonald’s couldn’t go any lower, they are now offering veal burgers at their Switzerland locations. Swiss McDonald’s customers will soon be able order what is called the McZuri, which is a 100% ground-veal burger. On their own website, McDonald’s claims to care about the humane treatment of animals but veal, a by-product of the milk industry, is one of the most inhumane meat products out there. Keeping baby cows confined in crates for their entire lives and feeding them a low iron diet, making them so weak they can barely stand (which is where the ‘softness’ of the veal meat comes from), doesn’t sound like caring about the humane treatment of animals.

Are you as disgusted as I am over McDonald’s new burger? Let me know in the comments section!