The McRib’s main ingredient may have a new element of cruelty to it that can cause fans to turn away from the beloved sandwich.
The Humane Society of the United States has filed a complaint with the Securities and Exchange Commission claiming Smithfield Foods making false statements on its environmental intentions and animal welfare.
McDonalds relies on Smithfield Foods as their pork supplier and stands by the company’s stance on ideal living for it’s animals. However, the Humane Society believes otherwise since Smithfield still confines their breeding sows in gestation crates. Because of this, Smithfield has “subjected animals to outrageously less-than-ideal treatment such as castration, tail-trimming, and tooth extraction without painkillers.”
The Mcdonalds McRib has become a best-seller and a long awaited component to the fast food restaurant’s menu. The sandwich is typically a limited feature to the menu, and is famously known as a fan-favorite. But, with more promotions surrounding the McRib, and a new launch of Smithfield’s website approaching, the Humane Society couldn’t have picked a more appropriate time to raise question of the supplier’s motives.