Eggs served at Nanaimo's McDonald's restaurants do not come from Alberta farms featured in a national TV story last week highlighting animal cruelty, according to Wayne Krawchuk.
Krawchuk, owner of the city's McDonald's outlets, said no McDonald's in the country buy eggs from KuKu Farms or Creekside Grove Farms, both of which were mentioned in W5's recently aired program.
He said that McDonald's restaurants follow "strict protocols" in its supply lines to ensure animal cruelty and others issues play no part in the food the restaurants of the popular restaurant chain provide its customers.
Mercy for Animals, an animal rights organization, is urging McDonald's Canada to take a firm stand against what it calls "shocking animal cruelty" captured on a graphic video the group said was taken at the two Alberta farms.
Burnbrae Farms, McDonalds' Canadian egg supplier, confirmed Monday that while it has purchased eggs from KuKu Farms in the past, it has never sold eggs to McDonald's Canada that come from any farms in Alberta.
A statement from the restaurant chain said McDonald's does not condone animal abuse by its suppliers.
"We care about the humane treatment of animals and believe they should be free from cruelty, abuse and neglect," said spokeswoman Karin Campbell in a written statement on the controversy e-mailed to The Canadian Press.
"Abuse is never tolerated in our supply chain and McDonald's has strict policies in place concerning the treatment of animals that our suppliers must adhere to at all times.
"We also work with our suppliers and outside experts to continuously improve our standards and practices, both within McDonald's and across the industry."
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