Eggs supplied to McDonald’s Indonesia restaurants come from farms where hens are kept in battery cages. A battery cage is a barren wire or wooden box where hens spend their lives laying egg after egg for human consumption until their bodies fail them, and they are sent off to slaughter. The most commonly used cages hold 5-10 birds, and large farms can contain thousands of cages, lined in multiple rows, and stacked 3-5 levels high.
Each hen in a battery cage gets about 300-450 cm2, an amount of floor space, roughly equivalent to less than a single sheet of A4 letter-sized paper or an IPad. That’s where they spend their entire life. These hens have no space to do any ordinary, natural chicken behaviors, such as nesting, walking, perching, scratching for food, or pecking at objects on the ground. They can’t even stretch or spread their wings.
Extensive research shows that hens confined in battery cages are frustrated and suffer psychological stress. They also experience physical harms, including bone disorders and fractures, feather loss, and diseases. Because such intensive confinement tends to cause the birds great stress they are also often subjected to cruel mutilations, such as “de-beaking” to keep them from injuring each other. De-beaking involves slicing off parts of their beaks without painkillers.
Battery cage farms are a living hell for the hens who lay eggs for McDonald's Indonesia. Luckily, battery cages are completely unnecessary because more humane alternatives are available, and the cost of switching from battery cages to these more humane alternatives if usually negligible if the switch is made when cages would otherwise need to be replaced due to wear.
In September 2015, McDonald’s made a public commitment to phase out battery cages from their supply chains in Canada and the United States within 10 years. McDonald's also made similar commitments in Europe, Latin America, and Australia. In its announcement to go 100% cage-free in the United States and Canada by 2025, McDonald’s said: “Animal welfare has always been important to us and our customers…today’s announcement is another big milestone building on our work with industry experts and suppliers to improve the treatment of animals.”
Dozens of other major restaurants and supermarket chains have followed McDonald’s example; however, McDonald's Indonesia has not yet made a similar commitment!
Local and international animal protection groups have asked P.T. Rekso Nasional Food - the master franchisee for the McDonald's Corporation USA in Indonesia - to address the company’s continued use of caged eggs, but they have not yet taken any action.
Please sign and share this petition asking McDonald's Indonesia to adopt the same cage-free policy McDonald's has adopted elsewhere in the world.