We welcome the news that McDonald’s has become first high street restaurant chain to serve 100 per cent Freedom Food pork from RSPCA monitored British farms- across its entire UK menu.
The move means that all sausage and bacon, used in the popular breakfast McMuffins through to the bacon in premium salads and promotional burgers, will all be from Freedom Food approved farms reared to our strict welfare standards.
David Squair from RSPCA Freedom Food said:
“Having one of the UK’s biggest restaurant chains serving only Freedom Food logoed pork on its menu marks a major milestone for animal welfare.”
We are encouraged that McDonald’s UK has shown an ongoing commitment to farm animal welfare over the last few years and the move to 100 per cent Freedom food pork is one of a number of initiatives that demonstrate the company’s genuine desire for change and improvement to farm animal welfare.
These include sourcing only free-range eggs and purchasing beef animals direct from farm – thereby eliminating livestock markets (a key area of our concern).
We hope this move will encourage other restaurants to follow suit and use Freedom Food pork, which hopefully in turn will mean more farmers rearing to higher welfare standards and more animals benefitting from better lives.
Around 10 million pigs are reared for food in the UK, with nearly a third (30 per cent) reared under Freedom Food where they benefit from the our welfare standards.
Find out more about what pigs need and why Freedom Food labelled pig meat is different and check out our short animation to find out what to look for on the labels to make sure you’re buying from higher welfare Freedom Food farms whether you are in a restaurant or in your local supermarket.
Say ‘Thank you’
You can also email McDonald’s to thank them for their decision to move to 100 per cent freedom food pork