McDonalds searches for new egg supplier after learning of animal cruelty

Egg supplier's cruelty has McDonalds looking for new egg source. Via Flickr Commons

McDonald’s has dropped the egg supplier for their McMuffins, Sparboe Egg Farms, as a result of seeing footage from an investigation of animal cruelty conducted there by  Mercy For Animals (MFA), a national non-profit organization dedicated to preventing cruelty to farm animals.

McDonald’s issued statement a statement after viewing the footage, saying that they would no longer be accepting eggs from Sparboe Egg Farms and that “the behavior on tape is disturbing and completely unacceptable.”

Bob Langert, McDonald’s Vice President of Sustainability, said in the statement, “McDonald’s expects all of our suppliers to meet our stringent requirements for delivering high quality food prepared in a humane and responsible manner.”

The footage (shot with a hidden camera) shows hens being crammed into wire cages, the beaks of young chicks being burned without anesthetic by workers, live chicks tossed into plastic bags and the animals being tormented by workers.

The president and owner of Sparboe released a letter on their website saying that management changes have taken place and that they are launching an internal investigation. They claim to have identified and terminated four employees who were involved in the activities.
The McDonald’s Corporation was urged by MFA to stop using eggs from hens in battery cages.  According to MFA’s website, no federal laws provide protection for the hens at the factory farm or during their slaughter.