McDon­ald’s pres­sured to source eth­i­cal eggs

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MCDON­ALD’S South Africa has come un­der fire again this week for drag­ging its feet in com­mit­ting to us­ing cage-free eggs in the prepa­ra­tion of its meals.

The fast- food chain an­nounced this week it in­tended sourc­ing cage- free eggs by 2025 in 20 coun­tries in Latin Amer­ica and the Caribbean.

Sim­i­lar com­mit­ments were made by McDon­ald’s in the US, Canada, the EU, Rus­sia, Aus­tralia and New Zealand.

McDon­ald’s South Africa said it was still assess­ing the fea­si­bil­ity of tak­ing these steps.

Greg Solomon, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer for the com­pany, said: “We will be in a po­si­tion to make our an­nounce­ment by the end of 2016.”

Four animal pro­tec­tion groups, Beauty with­out Cru­elty SA, United Front 4 An­i­mals ,the South African Faith Com­mu­ni­ties’ En­vi­ron­ment In­sti­tute and Animal Voice, the of­fi­cial South African rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Com­pas­sion in World Farm­ing, are pro­mot­ing the move and sup­port­ing a pe­ti­tion en­cour­ag­ing McDon­ald’s South Africa to adopt a cage­free egg pol­icy. To date, more than 17 600 peo­ple have signed the pe­ti­tion.

Stu­dent ac­tivist Yolanda Guse, who has helped spear­head the cam­paign, said it wasn’t ac­cept­able for McDon­ald’s South Africa to be so in­de­ci­sive.

“They keep say­ing they will re­search, but they don’t com­mit. There is noth­ing to re­search, we know go­ing cage­free is bet­ter for the chick­ens and it’s bet­ter for busi­ness.”

Guse said many cus­tomers who re­alised the cru­elty of sourc­ing eggs from bat­tery hens were put off and would stop buy­ing McDon­ald’s foods.

Guse said she had been a “huge fan” of the burger gi­ant.

While she is a meat eater, she said the cru­elty in­volved in rais­ing hens in cages had prompted her boy­cott of McDon­ald’s.

PIC­TURE: PABALLO THEKISO

Peo­ple walk past the clown char­ac­ter Ron­ald McDon­ald at a McDon­ald’s.

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