The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) is asking McDonald's® Canada to commit to using at least 1 million cage-free eggs this year in their McMuffin® sandwiches and other breakfast options.
"McDonald's® is the largest purchaser of shell eggs in the Canadian food service industry, and a commitment like this would set an example for humane eating. We're asking the world's biggest fast food chain to make the biggest difference for animal welfare by reducing the suffering of thousands of egg-laying hens," says WSPA Campaigns Manager, Melissa Matlow.
WSPA is also encouraging Canadians to tell McDonald's® they want a kinder breakfast, by visiting www.millioneggchallenge.ca and sending a letter to McDonald's® Canada President, Mr. John Betts. "More and more Canadians are supporting humane eating choices and once they know what a difference it makes in the lives of these hens, we know they will support a switch to cage-free eggs," says Matlow.
Designed to produce the highest number of eggs as cheaply as possible, the battery cage is one of the most inhumane ways to keep farm animals. Crammed together with five or even six others in tiny cages, hens aren’t able to stand up, stretch their wings or even lay their eggs in a nest. They live their entire lives in a space no bigger than a sheet of notebook paper.
Right now, eggs served at McDonald's® in Canada come from hens kept in battery cages. In fact, nearly all of Canada's eggs come from caged hens despite the public's increasing concern for the welfare of farm animals. The vast majority of Canadians (93%) would support laws aimed at ensuring that farm animals are able to stand-up and stretch their limbs*. By switching to cage-free eggs, McDonald's® has the buying power to make a statement in support of humane eating. WSPA is asking them to take a stand and commit to using at least 1 million cage-free eggs this year.
McDonald's® restaurants across the UK and Europe are already cage-free. In the United States, McDonald's® has stated they aim to use 12 million cage-free eggs this year, meaning approximately 50,000 fewer hens will know the cruelty of a battery cage. It is time for McDonald's® Canada to follow these examples.
* About the poll: This study was commissioned by the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) and conducted by Harris/Decima via telephone from October 26 to November 7, 2010. A total of 1,007 Canadians were surveyed. The association margin of error is +/-3.1%, 19 times out of 20.