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Burger King Drops Meat Supplier In Britain And Ireland After Horse Meat Discovery

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While Burger King's meats may not be contaminated, a few supermarkets in Britain and Ireland have been rocked by a recent horse meat scandal.

Silvercrest Foods is under fire as several of their beef products have tested positive for horse DNA. When products were tested at the Silvercrest plant, nine of thirteen burgers had horse DNA.

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McDonalds Joins The HSUS To End Use Of Gestation Crates

Filed under: PigAnimal Cruelty

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McDonald's has just announced that it will now require its U.S. pork suppliers to have a plan to phase out the use of gestation crates.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has been pushing for the removal of gestation crates for a while now because they are used on pregnant pigs and it basically immobilizes them for their entire pregnancy.

The senior vice president of McDonald’s North America Supply Chain Management said:

"McDonald’s believes gestation stalls are not a sustainable production system for the future. There are alternatives that we think are better for the welfare of sows.

McDonald’s wants to see the end of sow confinement in gestation stalls in our supply chain. We are beginning an assessment with our U.S. suppliers to determine how to build on the work already underway to reach that goal.

In May, after receiving our suppliers’ plans, we’ll share results from the assessment and our next steps."

The HSUS, very happy with this decision, said:

"The HSUS has been a long-time advocate for ending the use of gestation crates, and McDonald’s announcement is important and promising.

All animals deserve humane treatment, including farm animals, and it’s just wrong to immobilize animals for their whole lives in crates barely larger than their bodies."

Even Dr. Temple Grandin, from the amazing movie Temple Grandin, is pleased with their decision. She said:

"Moving from gestation stalls to better alternatives will improve the welfare of sows and I’m pleased to see McDonald’s working with its suppliers toward that end.

It takes a thorough plan to address the training of animal handlers, proper feeding systems, and the significant financial investment and logistics involved with such a big change. I’m optimistic about this announcement."

Seems like everyone is really happy and in agreement for once.

Let's hope other fast food chains follow their lead.

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Celebs Against McDonalds

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Back in November, an undercover video showed extreme mistreatment of egg-laying hens at Sparboe Farms, who supplies McDonalds.

McDonalds quickly dropped the company but many celebs feel that that's not enough.

A letter was penned to Jim Skiner, the CEO of McDonalds.

Several celebs, including Ryan Gosling, Zooey Deschanel and Alicia Silverstone signed the letter which encourages McDonalds to buy from a facilities who uses 100% cage-free hens.

An excerpt from the letter reads:

"While McDonald's has already established a 100% cage-free purchasing policy in Europe, your U.S. restaurants continue to support egg factory farms that confine hens for most of their lives in cages so small they can’t even spread their wings.nearly anything that comes naturally to them. Common sense tells us that animals with legs and wings should be given the basic freedom to move.

Sadly, there is not a single federal law to protect hens from cruelty from the time they hatch to the time they are killed. While McDonald's brags about the "billions and billions served," millions of hens exploited for your restaurants are being grossly underserved. In fact, these animals are being abused in ways that would land your egg suppliers in jail, if dogs or cats were the victims."

You can check out the whole letter HERE.

Lets hope McDonalds gets the hint and switches to a completely cruelty-free supplier.

[Image via Nikki Nelson/WENN.]

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