Hi Jesse. The broiler chickens supplied to McDonald's for chicken products are free-run, which means they are not raised outside, but housed in large barns where they are free to roam. In 2015, we announced that we will transition to sourcing cage-free eggs ("free run") in our Canadian restaurants over the next 10 years. McDonald’s Canada immediately began this transition by sourcing five per cent cage-free eggs (2015) and will expand to 10 per cent by the end of 2016. Suppliers who have not transitioned yet use cages that are 72 square inches per bird (this spacing requirement is above the industry norm in Canada, which is 67 square inches per bird).
The humane treatment of animals is extremely important to McDonald's in Canada and globally - as well as our suppliers. We have strict policies concerning the treatment of animals and abuse is never tolerated. We also audit our direct supplier's facilities to ensure that these policies are upheld. McDonald's is committed to working with suppliers and outside experts to continuously improve our standards and practices, both within McDonald's and across the industry. We work with such animal welfare experts as Dr. Temple Grandin to help guide us in our animal welfare policies.
September 23, 2016
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