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Egg McCruelty

by: Jill Richardson

Sun May 24, 2009 at 15:23:18 PM PDT

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McDonalds is going to McStudy whether a switch to a token amount of cage-free eggs is a good idea. I'm apparently not the only one who thinks this is a McStall tactic.

The other day I noted that the Humane Society was congratulating Wendy's for switching a mere 2% of their eggs to cage-free. Turns out Wendy's isn't alone. Burger King, Hardee's, Quizno's, Carl's Jr. and Denny's are each going to buy about 5% of their eggs as cage-free. I interpret this as a "shut up and get off my back" move by the fast food chains to placate the Humane Society without getting bad press and protests at their restaurants. It seems that McDonald's wasn't even willing to go that far to get HSUS to back off - they'd rather "study the issue" for 2 years first.

In fact, the VP of Corporate Social Responsibility at McDonald's had the chutzpah to say "I have been to our laying facilities and I am proud of them. The birds are protected well." Protected by cramming 10 of them into each battery cage, giving each hen less room than a sheet of paper? Oh they are protected all right. In huge, windowless rooms with 100% protection from the elements and from coyotes or any other critter that might want to harm a chicken. You might say that prisoners in maximum security prisons are "protected well" too.

Quite frankly, I'm disappointed that the Humane Society is going to settle for this - any of this. If they care about the chickens so much, don't they care enough to keep negotiating for more than just a 5% switch?

Let these restaurants know that we can spot hypocrisy when we see it:

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Egg McCruelty | 12 comments
It was interesting to read (4.00 / 3)
that they won't even comply with the EU's rules requiring pastured eggs.

Can you request pastured eggs at these joints?

my letter to Wendy's (4.00 / 3)
I think it is totally disingenuous of Wendy's to only switch over 2% of its eggs to cage free eggs. If Wendy's is convinced that battery caged hens are treated cruelly (which they are) then it stands to reason that 100% of these hens are treated cruelly and 100% of the eggs should come from cage-free eggs. This appears to be just a move to get good PR and to get the Humane Society off of Wendy's back. And I'll add that as pathetic as other fast food chains efforts of switching to 5% cage-free production, Wendy's is doing less than half that. I certainly do not think that 5% cage-free production is enough (again, if the hens should be treated well, then ALL hens should be) but Wendy's stands alone among fast food chains in only switching to 2% cage free production, not 5%.


"I can understand someone from Iowa promoting corn and soy, but we are not feeding the world, we are feeding animals and soft drink companies." - Jim Goodman

My letter to Hardees (4.00 / 3)
I just read that Hardees is purchasing about 5% of its eggs from cage-free hens. I find this totally disingenuous. If Hardees believes that battery caged hens are treated cruelly and that Hardees values include fair treatment of the animals that produce its food, then it should believe in the humane treatment of 100% of its laying hens, not just 5%. This appears to be a mere PR move to get the Humane Society off your backs, and it's pathetic.

"I can understand someone from Iowa promoting corn and soy, but we are not feeding the world, we are feeding animals and soft drink companies." - Jim Goodman

last one... letter to McDs (4.00 / 3)
I saw in the Chicago Tribune that McDonalds plans to "study" for 2 years whether cage-free egg production is more humane than battery cages. I think this is just a stall tactic on the part of McDonalds to silence critics and avoid taking any action for the next 2 years while you hope the issue blows over. There is no question that battery cages are cruel - so cruel that voters in the nation's largest state (CA) have voted to ban them outright. So if they are cruel and McDonald's cares enough about the issue to study it, shouldn't it follow that you vow to switch over to 100% cage-free Egg McMuffins?

"I can understand someone from Iowa promoting corn and soy, but we are not feeding the world, we are feeding animals and soft drink companies." - Jim Goodman

Protected? Pffffftttt... (4.00 / 4)
Fantastic analogy, Jill...


And for that matter, what is there to study anyways?

"There's a lack of really solid scientific information out there" and that includes on the most humane way to house birds, said Bob Langert, McDonald's vice president for corporate social responsibility.

Is he serious?  I can certainly tell Bob which is the worst possible way...

Just as an experiment, let's lock Bob and 9 of his coworkers in a closet 24 hours a day and force them to spend their entire day working and eating.  Just for a week, or maybe even 2 days.

Let's see if Bob's singing a different tune after that.

And of course, we wouldn't even have cut his lips and fingers off.  That's the next point to get into...

make it a week in an elevator (4.00 / 3)
and then waterboard them all when they get out. After all, since waterboarding isn't torture, what's the harm?

Yankee Frugality: use it up, wear it out, make it last, or do without.

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Exactly... (4.00 / 3)
Methinks Bob wouldn't be much for that kind of 2 year "study"...

[ Parent ]
did you hear about the guy (4.00 / 3)
who volunteered to be waterboarded? His name is Mancow if you want to google it. He thought it would be no big deal but he lasted a total of 6 seconds and then totally agreed that it's torture.

"I can understand someone from Iowa promoting corn and soy, but we are not feeding the world, we are feeding animals and soft drink companies." - Jim Goodman

[ Parent ]
The radio guy? (4.00 / 3)
Winger talk host from Chicago, isn't he?

[ Parent ]
yep, exactly nt (4.00 / 3)

"I can understand someone from Iowa promoting corn and soy, but we are not feeding the world, we are feeding animals and soft drink companies." - Jim Goodman

[ Parent ]
They never learn, do they? (4.00 / 2)
They have to experience it for themselves before they figure out that drowning is an awful, awful thing, even if it's "simulated."

There was a very funny diary on DK about Republicans having members of the military shoot them in the foot so that they could tell what it felt like and decide if it were torture or not (cf. waterboarding). Sad, funny and true all at the same time.

I wish I knew half what the flock of them know
Of where all the berries and other things grow,
Cranberries in bogs and raspberries on top
Of the boulder-strewn mountain, and when they will crop.
--"Blueberries" by Robert Frost

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fuck em (4.00 / 4)
I can assure you that cage-free hens are no more liberated than those bound in hamster cages. The only thing this means, is that Tyson has a separate facility where they house 10's of thousands of birds that get to touch their feet to the ground, but are still so confined, they cannot stretch. You have seen the Turkey farms; birds side to side for what looks to be miles in a chicken shed, with disgruntled employees kicking and stomping around.
The only way people will see how disingenuous their efforts are is to raise a free range flock, and see just how amazing of an animal a chicken really is. It is then that one realizes no creature should be factory farmed (humane or not).

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