Did your McDonald’s chicken come from a house of horrors? In Canadian factory farms, birds are bred to grow so unnaturally fast that their fragile legs can’t support their weight, causing constant, severe leg pain and lameness. As a result, they spend nearly all their time sitting in their own waste, which leads to extreme feather loss, thigh sores and scabs, and painful lesions on their bodies and feet. While dozens of Canada’s leading food companies have committed to preventing these abuses in their supply chains, McDonald’s has failed to do the same.

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Tell CEO Steve Easterbrook to pledge to ban chicken torture in McDonald’s supply chain.

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Your company has fallen behind its competitors on issues of animal welfare and transparency. It’s time for McDonald’s to live up to its reputation as a company committed to doing things the right way.

Tim Hortons, Burger King, Boston Pizza, Earls, and Starbucks have all publicly adopted the same fundamental chicken welfare policies for their entire supply chains. Other companies will soon follow their lead.

Like its competitors, McDonald’s has both the power and the ethical responsibility to ensure that the millions of birds who pass through its supply chain each year are protected from the most egregious forms of abuse. But McDonald’s has failed to address calls by the public to adopt a detailed, effective chicken welfare policy that meets the same standards its competitors have committed to.

Please take immediate action to address this issue by pledging to ban this atrocious animal cruelty from your supply chain and publicly adopting a meaningful commitment to dramatically improving chicken welfare. I will not eat at McDonald’s until you do so.

Thank you.

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Explore the Hidden Lives of Chickens

Chickens are sensitive and intelligent animals with advanced cognitive abilities that rival those of dogs, cats, and even some primates. Studies show that chickens excel at complex mental tasks, can learn from watching each other, and are even able to pass down information from one generation to the next.

Chickens are very social animals who can form deep and meaningful friendships with other birds. Some birds are outgoing and gregarious, while others are more shy and reserved. But all chickens put family first, giving rise to the term “mother hen” to refer to particularly protective parents.

The communication skills of chickens are highly sophisticated and begin developing at an early age. Mother hens will cluck to their chicks while they are still in their eggs, and the unborn chicks will chirp back at them. Researchers know of at least 30 types of vocalizations that chickens make to mean very different things.

The best way for individual consumers to help end this cruelty is to leave animals off their plates.