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In the U.S., chickens killed by McDonald’s suppliers are slaughtered using an outdated method that results in extreme suffering. As the biggest seller of chicken meat in the U.S., McDonald’s has the responsibility—and the ability—to reduce this abuse by demanding that its U.S. suppliers use a less cruel method of slaughter.

Birds are dumped out of their transport crates and hung upside-down in metal shackles, which can result in broken bones, extreme bruising, and hemorrhaging. Workers have the opportunity to abuse live birds, and birds have their throats cut while they are still conscious. Many birds are immersed in tanks of scalding-hot water while they are still alive and able to feel pain.

McDonald’s has the ability to end these abuses.

There is a less cruel method of chicken slaughter available to McDonald’s suppliers called controlled-atmosphere killing, or CAK, and it would cost the corporation nothing to demand that its suppliers use it. CAK would eliminate the worst abuses currently suffered by chickens killed for McDonald’s. In fact, a 2005 study about CAK produced by McDonald’s concluded that it is far better for animals than the current method of slaughter.

One of the best ways that you can help chickens in the U.S. is by sharing McCruelty.com with everyone you know. The chickens who are shackled by their legs and killed for McDonald’s by having their throats cut have no voice.

Write to McDonald’s now, and demand that it phase in the exclusive use of chickens killed by CAK by requiring that its suppliers switch to this method.

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