A lot of people think clowns are kind of creepy; they’ll probably agree that comedian Andy Dick‘s portrayal of Ronald McDonald is pretty eerie—and amusing. In a FunnyOrDie.com exclusive, “Ronald” tells Jiminy Glick (aka Martin Short) how much he enjoys snapping chickens bones and scalding them alive.

The video is rather humorous, in a sardonic sort of way, but there is nothing funny about the way McDonalds’s U.S. and Canadian suppliers treat chickens. The terrified birds are slammed into metal shackles and hung upside-down, which often causes broken bones, severe bruising, and hemorrhaging. Many chickens have their throats cut while they’re still conscious and they are often scalded alive in the tanks of boiling water used for feather removal.

As a longtime vegan, I would love for McDonald’s only to sell faux chicken and other vegetarian options, but I’m realistic—that isn’t going to happen anytime soon. Until it does, McDonald’s should at least take steps to minimize animal suffering.

One way McDonald’s can do this is by requiring its suppliers to use a less cruel slaughter method called "controlled-atmosphere killing" (CAK), which painlessly puts chickens “to sleep” by removing the oxygen from their environment and replacing it with an inert gas, like nitrogen or argon. If people insist on eating chicken, this technique is the best available way to reduce the birds’ suffering.

In 2005, McDonald's produced a report stating that CAK is significantly more humane than conventional slaughter methods, yet it still hasn’t required any of its U.S. or Canadian suppliers to switch to CAK. (McDonald’s European suppliers are already working to implement CAK.)

Until McDonald’s requires it’s U.S. and Canadian suppliers to switch to CAK, PETA will be holding eye-catching demonstrations at McDonald’s restaurants across North America. PETA’s “chicken” mascots are even handing out free Unhappy Meals, which contain a menacing “Ronald McDonald” cutout, a “blood”-filled packet, a “bloody” plastic chicken, and a “McCruelty” T-shirt wrapped like a chicken sandwich, to McDonald’s customers.

To find out how you can take part in a protest at McDonald’s—and to hear the shocking things "Ronald McDonald" said in outtakes from his interview with Jiminy Glick—see www.McCruelty.com.

source:

http://www.care2.com/causes/animal-w...using-animals/