I have a confession: in Hawaii, I ate some meat. Not a lot, but a few meals. I was on vacation!

Ok, I'm a crappy activist...

So I got this in my inbox:

Dear Peter,
On September 5, 2000, PETA placed an indefinite moratorium on our McCruelty campaign when McDonald's agreed to require basic improvements in the way that its suppliers treat animals. Since then, PETA has tried to work with the company to make further improvements in the way that its chickens are slaughtered in the U.S.—but McDonald's has refused to do anything more to eliminate the worst abuses that chickens killed for its restaurants suffer.

All of McDonald's U.S. chicken suppliers use a system called "electrical immobilization" to kill birds, which involves dumping birds out of transport crates and hanging them upside-down in metal shackles—often resulting in broken bones, extreme bruising, and hemorrhaging. The birds then have their throats cut while they are still conscious and are often immersed in tanks of scalding-hot water while they are still alive and able to feel pain.

We are lifting our moratorium on the McCruelty campaign and need your help to persuade McDonald's to demand that its suppliers switch to a less cruel method of chicken slaughter called controlled-atmosphere killing, or CAK. Every published report on controlled-atmosphere killing systems to date—including a 2005 study by McDonald's—concludes that it is the least cruel form of poultry slaughter available. And some of McDonald's suppliers in Europe already use the system!

Please write to McDonald's today and demand that it phase in the exclusive use of controlled-atmosphere killing of chickens by requiring that its suppliers switch to this method over time. You can also help by cross-posting this e-mail message and forwarding it to others who are interested in standing up for animals.

Thank you for your continued support and for all that you do for animals!

Tracy Reiman
Executive Vice President,

All of this: not okay. Please click on the "write to McDonald's" link. I'm still as convicted as ever about the inhumane factory-treatment of animals. No, I won't always be "sinless" in my protest. C'mon, have you ever eaten perfect prime rib?

But I'm committed to changing my lifestyle. Maybe it's more of a process than a point in time... like salvation?! So I won't beat myself up over the little ups and downs.

Now where's that stir-fried tempeh I've got in the fridge?


Existential Punk said...

Ok, Peter, i did my part for my process by clicking and signing the letter to Mickie D's. Thanks for posting this.


RickNiekLikeBikes said...

Everything in moderation they say. But for me it is fun to be an activist from time to time. I'm just not big on boycotting and lambasting etc. You said it in your latest blog entry. "Let's talk about how we think before we start talking about what we think about," and you're right. I'm just not big on standing on street corners waving a sign through the air. None-the-less I did give Mickey D's a bit-o-activism!

Peter said...

Rick, you rock! Thanks ;)

Brent said...

I like my chicken water boarded not fried.

madcat said...

I feel convicted to boycott McDonald's now.

God woulnd't like me eating abused chickens.

Emily said...

Aw, Peter, a cause near and dear to my heart! I'm sorry I missed this back in February. I fully support your opposing horrific animal treatment at McDonalds! Yay for PETA!

(Was this your going off the vegetarian wagon episode? Gosh, back when I was a carnivore I remember really enjoying Hawaiian food. :) )

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