All kids love a Happy Meal. They get food from questionable sources that, for some reason, delights most kid’s tastebuds. It comes in a cute box. And they get a toy! What’s not to love? Well in Albany, New York – outside of a McDonald’s restaurant -PETA will be giving out kid’s meals for free. But these aren’t the fun delight usually offered, these are “Unhappy Meals.”
Given out by a adult dressed as a chicken the package includes a “menacing, knife-wielding’ Ronald McDonald cutout, a ketchup packet disguised as chicken blood, a plastic chicken covered in ‘blood’ and a ‘McCruelty’ t-shirt.”
Deceiver.com brings up the question that although PETA is against animal cruelty but how about cruelty to kids? Most kids have been desensitized to representations of blood and guts (thanks mass media!), but those in the younger demographic will no doubt be slightly traumatized by the UnHappy Meal. Perhaps this is the best way to turn your child against fast food at an early age? Do you think there is an age limit to when kids should learn about animal cruelty?
Via WRGB – a local station:
“Activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) will hand out “Unhappy Meals” to children at an Albany McDonald’s restaurant today to protest alleged chicken abuse, according to a statement this morning by PETA.
PETA alleges that McDonald’s allows its chicken suppliers to abuse the animals before they are slaughtered for food. The organization advocates “controlled-atmosphere killing,” a method that promotes animal welfare.
Children who buy meals at the McDonald’s at 391 Central Ave. today beginning at noon will encounter PETA staff, headed by an activist in a chicken costume.
The “Unhappy Meal” that PETA will give to children — a spoof of a Happy Meal — will include a “menacing, knife-wielding” Ronald McDonald cutout, a ketchup packet disguised as chicken blood, a plastic chicken covered in “blood” and a “McCruelty” t-shirt.”
From Gawker.com via Deceiver.com