September 12, 2018
President and CEO
Dear Mr. Easterbrook,
I hope this letter finds you well. We’re writing on behalf of our friends at The Humane Society of the United States about the treatment of chickens in McDonald’s supply chain.
As detailed at UnhappyMeals.com, McDonald’s lets its chicken suppliers breed birds to grow so large, so fast it’d be like a two-month old human baby weighing over 600 pounds. This causes all kinds of problems for these animals—like broken legs, painful injuries, and even heart attacks. McDonald’s also lets its suppliers cram chickens into tightly-packed warehouses where they’re unable to engage in important natural behaviors.
Chickens are smart, inquisitive animals who suffer immensely during their short lives as a result of these inhumane practices.
There is a better way. Your own competitors—like Burger King, Subway, Jack in the Box and so many more—are taking meaningful steps to improve conditions for these animals. We urge you to follow their lead and implement the modest reforms being encouraged by The Humane Society of the United States and other animal protection organizations. Thank you for your consideration.
John C. Reilly
Marco Antonio Regil
Mehmet Oz, MD
Weird Al Yankovic