McDonald’s Ends Supplier Relationship Due to Animal Cruelty


MINNEAPOLIS — McDonald’s Corp. terminated its contract with its Minnesota-based egg supplier Sparboe Farms following the release of a video by animal-rights group Mercy for Animals that shows animal cruelty at five facilities in Iowa, Minnesota and Colorado.

“The behaviour on tape is disturbing and completely unacceptable. McDonald’s wants to assure our customers that we demand humane treatment of animals by our suppliers,” Bob Langert, McDonald’s vice-president for Sustainability, said in a statement.

The egg supplier issued a letter on its website addressing the allegations. “Acts depicted in the footage are totally unacceptable and completely at odds with our values as egg farmers. In fact, they are in direct violation of our animal care code of conduct, which all our employees read, sign and follow each day.” said Beth Sparboa, president of Sparboe Farms.

According to the Sparboe statement, the company has identified four employees who have since been terminated. Management changes have taken place, and an investigation is ongoing.

Watch the Mercy for Animals video.

Read Sparboe Farms statement.

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