EggmcMisery for McDonald’s Over W5 Expose on Battery Cage Laying Hen Practices in Canada POLL

egg mcdCFN – A new expose by the people at Mercy for Animals Canada is featured on the website

The video includes scenes of abuse of hens and chicks while describing the process at a factory farm as uncovered by a hidden camera.

At root is the practice of keeping laying Hens in battery cages, a practice banned in the EU with whom Canada just signed a Free Trade deal.

The video shows the standard type of behaviour captured in similar factory farm videos.   Many people don’t have a clue about how their food is raised and processed.  Videos like these are shown with the general goal of turning people away from eating the foods portrayed, many times for political reasons.

Of course economical and competitive reasons are cited as companies fight to keep costs down at the expense of food animals.    The bigger question is how humane can you get over creatures bred for consumption?   Will happier and healthier animals end up as better food products?  Or is this just attaching human emotion to situations that really aren’t humane in the end as we eat the animals?

 McDonalds posted a statement including one from Burnbrae Farms, their supplier after Television show W5 ran a feature on the practice.


McDonald’s Canada Statement – W5 Program “Behind the Barn Door”
October 21, 2013


Contrary to recent media reports or allegations made by Mercy for Animals Canada, McDonald’s Canada does not source eggs from Kuku Farms or any Alberta farm mentioned in W5’s recently aired program, “Behind the Barn Door.”


Recent media reports have inferred a link between the farms referenced in W5’s story and McDonald’s Canada. This implied connection is concerning to McDonald’s Canada and we want to reiterate the following, which was communicated in our statement to several media outlets:


    • McDonald’s Canada does not source eggs from Kuku Farms or the other Alberta farm mentioned in W5’s recently aired program. The company sources no eggs from the Province of Alberta.


    • We care about the humane treatment of animals and believe they should be free from cruelty, abuse and neglect.


    • Abuse is never tolerated in our supply chain and McDonald’s has strict policies in place concerning the treatment of animals that our suppliers must adhere to at all times.
    • McDonald’s standards and policies cover critical areas such as feed, water, air quality and humane treatment.


  • We work with our suppliers and outside experts to continuously improve our standards and practices, both within McDonald’s and across the industry.

For more information on McDonald’s animal welfare practices, please visit: McDonald’s Animal Health & Welfare

Letter Issued from Burnbrae Farms to McDonald’s Canada


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  1. Unless something’s drastically changed since 2004, Burnbrae is doing this in St. Zotique. Those eggs are being sold in Cornwall. I have seen inside those barns and it truly makes you sick to see hens stacked up like that. Buy free range. Vote with your wallet. It’s more money but if your conscience isn’t worth an extra toonie then you probably won’t have a problem with battery cages.

  2. We are not enough severe with laws and rules (ACIA) all around Canada and Provinces. We need more inspectors, but the problem is, the inspectors are not allowed to take severe mesure right now at the moment it is happen. Inspectors have to advise the company and than company get rendez-vous with (SPCA) . SPCA are not allowed to arrive at the company without advertising them. Because it is a private property. It is a stupid rules in ACIA. Those rules and law should be change NOW!.


  3. One word, food.

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