21 Responses

  1. Who is behind this McCruelty business? Of course those images are gross and shocking (just imagine if we could smell it too… oh my!). But really… what would you expect to see in a slaughterhouse? Rainbows and Chicken Fairies? I’m sure glad it’s not my job to decide how to slaughter enough chickens to feed one billion customers.

    Personally, I’m more concerned with what they fed those chickens while they were alive then with how they died. McDonald’s isn’t going to go away. And regardless of food composition or cruelty to animals, I can STILL think of better reasons not to eat there.

  2. I agree with Jeanette. If people choose not to eat McD’s or BK or whatever, that’s fine, using PETA as a reason is like using Ted Bundy as a reason to turn the other cheek.

    PETA kills 85 percent of the animals it takes in, and finds adoptive homes for just 14 percent. By contrast, the Norfolk SPCA, whose shelter is located less than 4 miles from PETA’s headquarters, found adoptive homes for 73 percent of its animals in 2003. It’s rather hard to believe that the animals entrusted to PETA are any more likely to be “broken beings.”

    Dana Cheek, the former (and most recent) director of the Norfolk SPCA, wrote to us recently:

    I often receive phone calls from frantic people who have surrendered their pets to PETA with the understanding that PETA will “find them a good home.” Many of them are led to believe that the animals will be taken to a nearby shelter. Little do they know that the pets are killed in the PETA van before they even pull away from the pet owner’s home … PETA refuses to surrender animals they obtain to area shelters for rehoming. If only the celebrity “deep-pocket” donors on the west coast knew that their donations were going to kill adoptable cats and dogs here in Norfolk.

    There are some other fun and interesting facts about PETA too.

  3. Seriously, if you think the McCruelty thing is bad, you should read Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle.” Published in 1906 about Chicago’s “Packingtown.” That novel did what this video is trying to do: it launched a gov’t investigation into the meat-packing industry.

    The images in this book are truly disgusting. It blows McCruelty outta the water.

  4. CFWU x 3 (w/ push-ups)

    For time:
    185 pound Deadlift, 21 reps
    Run 800 meters
    185 pound Deadlift, 15 reps
    Run 800 meters
    185 pound Deadlift, 9 reps
    Run 800 meters


  5. Gabrielle

    Interesting stuff… Jeannette, I thought I was gona bust my gutt laughing at your rainbows and chicken fairies comment LOL. I love meat and I guess because I love it so, I’d really rather not know how the poor animals get killed. If I knew, I might be tempted to become a vegetarian and in some way, I think that would also be a tragedy… I have many other reasons to not eat at McDonald’s or any of it’s competitors for that matter. But, thanks for the insights.

  6. Kevin

    McDonald’s isn’t going away? I think that’s what they said about General Motors. The only reason they exist is because of the public.

    From Fast Food Nation:

    “On March 13 (2001), the McDonald’s Corporation announced that its ground beef suppliers would be required to supply documentation showing that FDA feed rules were being strictly followed – or McDonald’s would no longer buy their beef.

    IBP, Excel and ConAgra (the three largest beef suppliers in the US) immediately agreed to follow McDonald’s directive, vowing that no cattle would be purchased without proper certification. Every rancher and feedlot would have to supply signed affidavits promising that banned feeds had never been given to their cattle. What the FDA had failed to achieve – after nearly five years of industry consultation and halfhearted regulation – the McDonald’s Corporation accomplished in a matter of weeks.”

    The banned feed that used to be fed to cattle was the remains of dead cattle. It was the cheapest way to feed the cows, but it was causing Mad Cow Disease. McDonald’s only came up with these directives because their sales had decreased by 10% in Europe.

    With their influence over the beef and poultry industry, they could very easily enact more humaine ways of slaughter. They could do a whole lot of other things too, but the public has to demand it. Just look at how much their menu has changed because of public demand for healthy food.

    In regards to Anthony’s post about a lion’s way of killing a buffalo…a lion needs to kill for survival. It also doesn’t know what it’s doing is inhumaine. We do. We have the ability to choose.

  7. Gabrielle

    The word slaughter in itself doesn’t sound very humain regardless of how it’s done… What’s humain about killing something to eat it period?

  8. Pierre

    I don’t want to write a long story about slaughtering today….but since the humans are on earth “Killing to eat” have always been the way to survive no matter the way we do it.

    The way slaughtering is done can be improve so the animals doesn’t suffer and I am all for it…but even at the end of the day, does it really matter???

  9. Kevin

    Criminals on Death Row are all going to die at the end of the day…let’s kill them slowly and painfully. Oh wait, that’s cruel. Scratch that.

    Your dog had a fused hip and needs to be put down. Let’s throw it off a bridge and hope it dies. Oh wait, that’s cruel. Scratch that.

    We have ways that are not painful or torturous. Why don’t we use them?

  10. Gabrielle

    I’m not even gona go there for now… there’s too much fuel to light the fire… There’s a way to debate both sides. Debates are fun, just better in person.

  11. Kevin

    Anthony – I agree with ya on the Peta whackos. That’s kind of a weird coincidence too! AHAHA!

    At the end of the day, I’m still a meat-atarian. Just a little more conscious of where the meat comes from.

  12. These posts are more interesting when you guys don’t agree.

    I’m still not moved to act, and I think it’s silly to compare the slaughtering of chickens to the death of humans or your pet dog. But good luck with your cause Kevin. I’m sure all those chickens will be grateful.

  13. I’ve never done a taste test between scared and happy meat, so yeah I guess my immature taste buds and my disconnected soul can’t taste the fear. Call me cold.

    I do know the meat I eat at home tastes better than anything I get outside these walls, but I try not to be a meat snob about it.

  14. Elissa

    I totally agree with you Kevin. If you can reduce anyone’s pain why not!!

    I ordered the Becoming a Vegan starter kit from Peta last year when I was confused about feeling so guilty with what animal’s go threw for us humans… “Better of them all”

    I love meat. But more and more everyday I’m grossed out at how much pain animals are going through. It’s not ok for humans to suffer, and it’s not ok for animals to suffer. Respect of everything around you is the main thing for me, including insects, trees, and animals. We’re all animals. It’s just not fair to consider yourself above any other animal. All other animals are just living, innocently, purely. And then you have us who actually know better and could be trying to do what we can to respect other species, even though we gotta eat.

    My mother told me that nothing is going to change, that supply and demand will always grow more and that things are the way they are because of the number of people on this earth etc.

    Well if MacDonald’s can change their policy….. WOW! 24 Billion Served so far? Imagine how awesome it would be for the next few Billion Humans to be served with Billions of Cows and Chickens that didn’t suffer as much as they are now.

    Theres lots of stuff wrong in this world, but nothin wrong with starting somewhere.

  15. Pierre

    I am with you Jeanette when you say that it’s silly to compare the slaughtering of chikens to the death of humans or you pet dog.

    I will debate on that later…

Leave a Reply to Jeanette Cancel Reply