Animal Conservation

Billionaire Icahn blasts McDonald’s over animal welfare

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New York (AFP) – Claiming that McDonald’s had failed to live up to its previous commitments to animal welfare, billionaire investor Carl Icahn said he planned to put forward alternative candidates for the company’s board.

Icahn spoke out against McDonald’s treatment of meat-produced pigs, which are put in a tiny “crate all its life” where “it can’t move around,” he said in an interview that aired Wednesday on Bloomberg.

“I am truly moved by these animals and the unnecessary suffering,” Icahn added.

A longtime fighter of often successful shareholder battles, Icahn said he worked with the Humane Society a decade ago on the issue, winning a deal from McDonald’s that he would not buy from suppliers using these cages. in 10 years.

McDonald’s “did a little something but never delivered,” Icahn said, adding he was “disappointed” when he learned the company hadn’t followed through.

“We’re probably 90% on the list” of board nominees, Icahn said. “We’re not going to have fun with them anymore.”

McDonald’s did not respond to an AFP request for comment.

The chain’s website says more than 60% of its U.S. pork supply has “phased out the use of gestation stalls for pregnant sows.”