PETA Passes Out McCruelty Meals To Kids
Parents in Albany, New York are upset with the prominent animal rights group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment for Animals) for distributing â€œUnhappy Mealsâ€ to children exiting McDonaldâ€™s across the country.
The â€œUnhappy Mealâ€ is a part of PETAâ€™s McCruelty campaign, which is meant to warn children about the cruelty that PETA says is behind every Happy Meal. From animal cruelty to manipulating advertising that targets children, the charges that PETA is accusing McDonaldâ€™s of are expressed through this mock meal. According to Slashfood.com, PETA discontinued campaigns like the McCruelty one for the past nine years because it was working with McDonaldâ€™s behind the scene.
Each â€œUnhappy Mealâ€ consists of an image of a knife wielding Ronald McDonald, pictures of mutilated chickens, a â€œbloodâ€ stained Happy Meal box and a complementary T-Shirt that reads â€œChicken McCruelty.â€ A parent told a local news station that she felt what PETA was doing was unfair to children and young people shouldnâ€™t be exposed to the messages that PETA is trying to get across.
Spokesperson for PETA, Lindsay Rajt, told Slashfood.com, “Kids deserve to be told the truth and we really do need to give them credit,” she says. “The bottom line is that they’ve really seen much worse in movies and videogames, and we all know that kids empathize with animals.”