Celebrities Tell McDonald’s, “I’m Hatin’ It”

Ten Hollywood stars fired off a letter to the CEO of McDonald’s asking the company to establish a 100 percent cage-free purchasing policy for their egg suppliers. As the largest egg buyer in the U.S., the message reminds McDonald’s it has the power and “moral responsibility” to change the inhumane way hens are treated.

The “I’m Hatin’ It” letter was sent to McDonald’s CEO Jim Skinner on December 19 by celebrities; Ryan Gosling, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Deschanel, Alicia Silverstone, Maria Menounos, Kristin Bauer, Ed Begley, Jr., Wendie Malick, Bryan Adams and Steve-O at the request of animal rights organization, Mercy For Animals.

It says, “On behalf of compassionate people everywhere, we implore you to help end the needless suffering of these animals by adopting strict and meaningful animal welfare policies worldwide, including the commitment to prohibit the purchase of eggs produced by hens who spend their miserable lives crammed into tiny wire cages.”

The appeal comes after a video shot in November, showed several locations of Sparboe Farms performing acts of “unconscionable cruelty” to hens.

The investigation prompted McDonald’s to quickly cut ties with the factory farm, but Mercy For Animals and the celebs say the company failed to make any significant changes to their egg buying policy. They merely changed the suppliers they buy from.

The letter points out:

“While McDonald’s has already established a 100% cage-free purchasing policy in Europe, your U.S. restaurants continue to support egg factory farms that confine hens for most of their lives in cages so small they can’t even spread their wings. These poor birds never get to walk, run, perch, roost, dustbathe, build nests, see the sun, breathe fresh air, or do nearly anything that comes naturally to them. Common sense tells us that animals with legs and wings should be given the basic freedom to move.”

“Sadly, there is not a single federal law to protect hens from cruelty from the time they hatch to the time they are killed. While McDonald’s brags about the “billions and billions served,” millions of hens exploited for your restaurants are being grossly underserved. In fact, these animals are being abused in ways that could land your egg suppliers in jail, if dogs or cats were the victims.”

The letter concludes:

“It’s a good time for some great changes at McDonald’s. As the largest egg buyer in the entire country, McDonald’s has the power and the moral responsibility to ensure that the eggs in its Egg McMuffins don’t come from rotten egg suppliers.”


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Photo from AnimalFreedom via flickr.


AndyNoMail O.
Past Member 4 years ago


Sandra D.
Sandra D.4 years ago


Marlene Dinkins
Marlene dinkins4 years ago

i do not like mcdonald food. i 'm hating also.

Charli Stubbs
Charlotte S.4 years ago

We wouldn't' wonder why we're being poisoned by eggs if we saw the conditions these chicken's live in. Often piled high with one bird shitting on the one below. The cages so small the animals often hurt themselves,. there is no mental stimulation. Their beaks are often cut off to prevent mutilation. Do a search inline and then decide if you want to eat at McDonald's.

Janet S.
Past Member 4 years ago

For the first time in a longtime, last night, I ate a "fillet o'fish from MacDonalds - the bun looked and tasted like plastic, the cheese (yes, processed cheese with fish-ugh) looked and tasted like plastic, and the fish was unidentifiable and over cooked. The quality of every food has deteriorated in order to keep the demand high and the prices low! So unfortunate, and I wonder about their fish supply, how safe for the consumer and for the fish! Sorry Mac D, I used to like your products - no more!

Martin S.
Abe M.4 years ago

I have boycotted fast food agri-bizz junk food for the past decade and ashamed to admitt that I was so careless, ignorant and lacking regard for my health and the health of my children. We will regenerate however the blight and erosion of the quality of life for the animals and eco systems will never recover. Our entire food water and air is contaminated and these gmo, carcinogenic foods produced recklessly may be convenient but at a cost. Hyper-tension heart disease,diabetes, to many cancers too list, neurological-depression and genetic recombination errors oh and rare immune disorders. u r ? u eat.

Martin S.
Abe M.4 years ago

The only problem with this well meaning gesture it THAT THIS LIKE MANY IS NOT ENFORCED!
We are DE-REGULATED. Which means that "free range" can be that the chickens are let out of their cage for a mere 5 minutes per 24 hr day. Still under fascist mult- million corporatized agri-bizz conditions crammed into cages with parts cut off and all the other shareholder profit maximizing ghoulish techniques included.

SeattleAnn S.
Ann S.4 years ago

Anyway, I've banned McD's the past several months after learning of their refusal to go cage-free. I've switched to BK and am definitely loving those crossandwiches.

SeattleAnn S.
Ann S.4 years ago

I've read elsewhere (maybe the HSUS website) that McDonald's boardmembers are the ones blocking cage-free eggs, because they think it's not more profitable to go cage-free here in the US. They are definitely not doing anything on principles or morals - solely driven by profit at the expense of abusing and torturing living creatures if necessary.

Carrie Anne Brown

signed, thanks for sharing :)