There’s been a lot of hoopla over the return of McDonald’s ‘McRib’, but for some, it isn’t all grease and BBQ-sauce heaven.
The pork and BBQ sandwich was put back on the menu a couple of weeks ago, with people expressing so much excitement, it made the sandwich a trending topic on Twitter.
Even Diane Sawyer couldn’t resist the messy temptation. “I’ve only had one McRib in my life and I fondly remember it. And will proudly succumb to another. But why? Why? WHY? so good,” the journalist tweeted.
Recently, The Humane Society of the U.S. claimed that in order to create the sandwich, animals are being abused. The HSUS revealed that the fast food chain rears pigs in unethical conditions and filed a legal complaint this week against Smithfield Foods, McDonald’s main pork supplier, for making “unlawfully false or misleading representations about animal welfare and environmental practices.”
Smithfield Foods begs to differ with the legal claim and recently created a new series of videos claiming that pigs are in “ideal living conditions” and their “every need is met.”
“Primarily Smithfield Foods is abusing animals and lying to their shareholders and the public about the abuse,” Paul Shapiro, HSUS’ senior director of farm animal protection, told MailOnline.
Reportedly, Smithfield keeps 500-pound pigs in “gestation crates” small enough that the animals can’t even turn around, which eventually leads to muscle atrophy. This is all part of the breeding program and just one of many claims made about the “hellish conditions.”
According to Shapiro, eight states in the U.S. have passed laws requiring gestation crates to be phased out from within two to six years.
Smithfield continues to deny claims against HSUS saying “We are proud of our unparalleled track record as a sustainable food producer and stand confidently behind our company’s public statements concerning animal care and environmental stewardship.”
McDonalds has also released a statement to MailOnline stating, “McDonald’s has been a long-time supporter of alternatives to gestation stalls, and we will continue to support the efforts of Smithfield Foods and all of our suppliers to phase them out.”
PETA has also gotten involved and is asking Smithfield to commit to an eight-point care plan for protection for whistle-blowers and the phasing out of gestation cages.
Even celebrities are expressing their disgust. For example, ‘The Vampire Diaries’ star Paul Wesley tweeted the following, “Hate to preach but just read an article on McDonald’s “Mcrib” and their cruel treatment of pigs. Shocked at the moral ignorance.”
The good news, for those who are against the sandwich, it will only be carried through Nov. 14. Will you boycott the McRib or get one while they last?