Paul McCartney wants fast food giant McDonald’s to apply its U.S. animal welfare standards to its restaurants worldwide. The former Beatle, who married Heather Mills earlier this month, took time out from his honeymoon to write to the top 100 shareholders of McDonald’s and urge the chain to extend the standards.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals released the letter yesterday (June 27). The Norfolk, Va.-based animal rights organization said McCartney wrote the letter on behalf of the group and Trillium Asset Management, an investment firm in Boston.
“Although McDonald’s has made laudable efforts on behalf of farmed animals in the United States and [the] United Kingdom, it now needs to do the same in other countries,” the letter said. “Abuse is abuse, whether it goes on in Sussex or San Salvador, Toronto, or Tijuana.”
In the past, PETA has taken credit for McDonald’s adoption of animal-welfare standards for cattle, pigs and chickens in the United States. The company has said the group wasn’t responsible for its actions.
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