Bonus gem

The board of directors of McDonald’s has recommended that the company’s shareholders vote against a proposal to require that 5 percent of the eggs purchased for the chain’s restaurants in the United States be the cage-free variety. Ironic, since across Europe the mega-chain uses 100% cage-free eggs. But you know those European consumers, they're just so much more ethical than their American counterparts. And so, wholesale rejection of the shareholder proposal--with this flimsy proof point about the 'science' of hen housing. Um, isn't it more about animal welfare than science?

“As we have examined this issue over the years, we have deter­mined that there is no agreement in the global scientific com­munity about how to balance the advantages and disadvantages of laying hen housing systems,” McDonald's said in a proxy statement.

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