Ronald McDonald Opens Up About Abusing Animals

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 McCruelty.com.

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Paulo R
Paulo R2 months ago

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William C
William C1 years ago

Not surprising, thanks.

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W. C
W. C1 years ago

Thank you.

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Leixa M.
Leixa T M7 years ago

Unfortunately now McD's are sponsors of Care2! Not a good choice....you can see their add pop up on the sidebars of this site...makes you wonder.

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Lori K.
Lori K7 years ago

Whoops! Sorry! I should have proof read. I meant, "You take ALL of the fun out of eating meat!"

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Lori K.
Lori K7 years ago

Thank-you Sonja! That's the same reason I became vegan, and learning how food animals are treated is what finally got my big, fat, kind hearted, meat loving husband to stop eating meat.

After hearing excerpts from the book "Skinny Bitch" concerning the treatment of animals in factory farming he announced, "You take ll of the fun out of eating meat!", then plunged into the PCRM 21 day vegan challenge.

A person simply cannot claim to be an animal lover, if they support such unadulterated, unabashed cruelty by eating meat raised by factory farming methods.

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Diana P.
Diana P7 years ago

The treatment of animals is horrifying and far beyond inhumane.

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Alexander H.

The original Ronald McDonald, Geoffrey Gioliano, is actually a vegetarian. He was chosen out of 600 other clowns to play the character between 1980 and 1982. He became veggie in 1972 and kept it a secret from the advertising company, Vickers & Benson Ltd. After about a year of promoting McDonalds hamburgers on TV, his conscience got the better of him and he started to run a Cow Protection Community. Around 1990 he developed a magic show which he put on at schools and vegetarian fayres to gently educate youngsters about their true relationship with the environment, animal friends and each other. He realized he had a debt to parents and children everywhere to try to present the truth about the wonderful vegetarian lifestyle to which he owes so much

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