Hens laying the 2 billion eggs McDonald’s uses each year will be receiving better treatment now that the burger giant has come to an agreement with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The deal, hammered out after two years of negotiations, will increase the hen’s living space, ban forced molting, and phase out debeaking, reports The Animal’s Agenda
(Sept./Oct. 2000). PETA has suspended its "McCruelty to Go" campaign, but Bruce Friedrich, the group’s international grasssroots campaigns coordinator, isn’t rushing out just yet to grab a Big Mac. "McDonald’s has a long, long way to go before they can be considered not animal-abusive," he says.