Wednesday, July 8, 2009

For the chickens

The McDonald’s on Cass St. in Trenton will be a happening place at lunchtime next Wednesday, July 15. PETA – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals – is coming to town for a demonstration outside, hoping to help convince McDonald’s, which is the largest seller of chicken meat in the US, to make its suppliers use a less cruel method of slaughter.

Less cruel than what, you ask? It involves “breaking birds’ wings and legs, scalding them to death in defeathering tanks, and abusing them in other heinous ways.” Enough of an idea? PETA hopes McDonald’s will agree to adopt a process called “controlled atmosphere killing,” or CAK.

A takeoff on the corporation’s “Happy Meal,” PETA’s “Unhappy Meal” that will be given away on the 15th will include a bloody chick whose throat was cut while s/he was still conscious and a cardboard cutout of an evil Ronald McDonald – both inside a carton printed with information about McDonald’s cruelty.

The giveaway is scheduled for 11:45-1 pm at McDonald’s, 603 Cass Street, Trenton. To RSVP or ask questions, email Please come -- and bring a friend “for the animals.”

More specifics before the event.

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