McDonald's won't buy eggs from Minnesota company after hidden camera investigation reveals cruelty to chickens [GRAPHIC VIDEO]

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McDonald's has ended its relationship with Sparboe Farms over a hidden-camera investigation.
McDonald's won't buy eggs from a Minnesota company anymore after a hidden-camera investigation discovered acts of cruelty to the animals.

The company, Sparboe Farms, is based in Litchfield. ABC News is running a detailed report tonight on 20/20 about the farms, focusing on Sparboe's facility in Iowa, which formerly "produced all eggs used by McDonald's restaurants west of the Mississippi River," according to the television station.

ABC's report will feature hidden-camera footage from Mercy for Animals, an animal rights group based in Chicago. The video shows chickens being suffocated, tied to a hook and swung around by their feet, and having their beaks burnt off, among other horrific acts of "torture."

ABC's preview says Sparboe has fired all its employees who were seen on camera abusing animals.

"We have a zero-tolerance policy," the report quotes Ken Klippen, Sparboe's director of government relations, saying. "People who violate that policy, we take that very seriously."

McDonald's faxed a statement to ABC this morning saying they would no longer accept eggs from Sparboe Farms.

See Mercy for Animals' graphic video below.

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Mjkilroy
Mjkilroy

I hope you choke on one.

overvågningskamera
overvågningskamera

Mcdonalds have made the right decision....i am in support of this.Good to know that Sparboe fired all its employees who were seen on camera abusing animals.Good!

Xanadu509
Xanadu509

Does anybody know where McDonalds is currently getting their eggs from now?

Hmmm
Hmmm

Why blame McDonald's, it's not like they knew what was going on there. Once they seen the video, they dropped the suppliers! The video should put the names of the place that's doing this to the hens! Not a larger corporation ...

Spareboe worker
Spareboe worker

Just learned I'm laid off along with 250 others. Anyone have a job out there?

jww
jww

Oh, so you don't teach at MIT?

Lauren
Lauren

OH MY GOD why!? SICK !!

American
American

All were mexicans, what do you expect.

guest
guest

Why do the most racist asshats comment on Citypages articles? It's disgusting how the comments pages have become an outlet for the racist and ignorant people. 

Cynical Synapse
Cynical Synapse

You're a racist tard. Just because some were doesn't mean all were. In case you missed it, the worker who opposed abusing the hens/chicks was Hispanic (who may or may not have been of Mexican origin). And, just to be clear, "American" can refer to anyone born or living anywhere in the western hemisphere. Maybe you'll be less judgmental when you pull that big-ass ethnocentric plank out of your eyeball so you can have some perspective larger than yourself.

xangria
xangria

How about they stop getting their beef from places where cows and workers are mistreated too? This is a good step, but it doesn't make McDonald's a good company.  

HurdyGurdy
HurdyGurdy

My hope is that the success of this effort will inspire more succesful "hidden camera" investigations into factory farm practices. The fact that stores all over the state stopped supplying this product, based on public response, is very positive. That means public pressure (and moral conviction) is strong enough to push significant change to animal rights laws and practices. We just have to keep exposing these cruel practices.

It doesn't make McDonalds good by any mean, but it makes them more accountable, and more vulnerable to public outcry.

Jason Dorweiler
Jason Dorweiler

Damn. Sparboe farms supplies Sysco and I cant think of one restaurant that doesn't use them. Its too bad we are so distructive to everything.

debbie erdman
debbie erdman

you baster.... make me sick.every damn one of you. rot in hell............

VIPERDJ88
VIPERDJ88

I THINK THE PIECE OF SH*T MOTHER ***KERS NEED THE SAME THING DONE TO THEM. AND ANYONE THAT AGREES WITH THEM NEED THE SAME THING DONE TO THEM..

Airies34
Airies34

totally agree, the sick f**ks!!!!!

HurdyGurdy
HurdyGurdy

Of course a poster going by "retiredcop" would show complete indifference to the suffering of living creatures.

But the answer isn't to demonize eating meat, because humans will always eat it, and veganism has very questionable health and evnvironmental benefits. However, eating animal products sparingly, and then only free-range/naturally fed/local sources, is a pretty good alternative.

We're completely alienated from our sources of food, and that's why you have people eating 3 burgers or 40 chicken nuggets a day, and meat for every meal. Humans are designed to eat meat, but not nearly that much.

Melissa Horn
Melissa Horn

You are very incorrect. Free range isn't actually free range. Look up your facts before annoucing utter BS here.

HurdyGurdy
HurdyGurdy

What an astute dismissal of one of my points, full of facts and argument. Maybe you should use logic before defending your (apparent) vegan superiority complex. I wonder how you feel about the hundreds of thousands of small mammals and millions of insects that get killed every year in combines and tractors harvesting our grains.

It's not a moral system, and nature is comprised of murderers and victims. Lecturing people to not follow a natural imperative to consume meat and animal products is far more destructive than promoting naturally and humanely-raised animal production. Militant veganism fosters anti-animal rights opinions by creating the impression that animal rights activists and vegans are moral extremists, and care more about their efforts to save every cuddly animal than feeding and supporting our human population. Being such a hard-liner prompts responses like "you're vegan huh? more tasty animals for me!" You have to work with people, not scream your judgements at them. And the majority of people eat meat but are against animal cruelty (when they know it's happening). Making it a black and white issue is severely misguided. Especially when you don't even have an argument to support your claims.

Xanadu509
Xanadu509

I AGREE!!  I have stopped eating meat, not because I think its wrong but because I will not buy meat from a company I know nothing about, ie, how the cow is being raised and treated.  I found a farm out here in Virginia that takes care of their cows right up to the slaughter.  As soon as I can afford it, I will be doing the same.  Still haven't stopped eating chicken but am activly looking for a farm that hand raises chickens.  This is our responsibility.  God put these animals here so that we can eat along with the veggies.  It's how we treat them up until the slaughter that is important. Judging people for eating meat and generalizing them is wrong.  If you want to eat veggies, that's your decision.  Mine is to eat meat that is humanly raised and slaughtered.

Birdbrain
Birdbrain

How about we eat Oscar's menstrual cycle? With Mustard. Too soon?

novenator
novenator

A rare moment of moral clarity for McDonalds. 

guardianali
guardianali

No..if it never ame out and mcdonalds knew, they wouldnt care. This is a non-rare moment of "oh shit, we better stop buying from them or the public backlash and bad publicity will be a shitstorm"

Peggysue12384
Peggysue12384

How 'bout we stop eating the menstrual cycle of birds all together?  Go vegan.

Oscar
Oscar

Oh boy, here we go. Lets take it to the next level. I'm sure mother earth hates it when you rip vegetables out of her soil and eat them. Maybe we should just stop eating all together.

Retiredcop
Retiredcop

Who cares, nuggets taste good esp w/that mustard stuff.

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