Bikini-clad PETA Members Protest Tallahassee McDonald's - SLIDE SHOW

By: PETA Release
By: PETA Release

UPDATE by Jill Chandler April 27, 2011 5:35p.m.

Red Bikinis, red body paint, and honking. This was the scene at the McDonald's on North Monroe Wednesday.

PETA protesters say McDonald's supplier uses slaughter methods that cause chickens to suffer the pain of broken wings and legs, cut throats while they're still conscious, and the birds are scalded to death in defeathering tanks.

Tracy Patton is one of the bikini-clad protesters. Patton said, "Boycott McDonald's in order to you know make a common sense switch."

The protesters say they aren't here to stop people from eating the food, but to get people to write letters, urging McDonald's to change their ways.

Even McDonald's workers came to see what was going on.

Angela Jackson is the manager at the McDonald's on North Monroe. She said, "I applaud them for what they're doing... it takes a lot of guts to stand out here on the side of the road."

But the manager doesn't think what they are doing will change anything, just yet.

"They might change their ways of killing the chickens because so many people are out there saying about how they don't like how it's being done. I guess if they get enough people maybe they will change it," said Jackson.

It sure did cause a scene. People were rubbernecking in traffic, and even stopping in to see what's going on.

One customer pulled up and said, "Oh Absolutely! It's great marketing... well done."

"The response has been very positive. There's a lot of people honking and giving us the thumbs up and really just encouraging us to keep putting the pressure on McDonald's."

The bikini clad protesters are going to Jacksonville tomorrow, and then Tampa to continue their fight against the slaughter method.

Tallahassee, Florida - April 27, 2011

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Tallahassee, Florida - April 26, 2011

Wearing nothing but red bikinis and bodypaint to illustrate what happens to chickens when they are scalded to death in defeathering tanks, PETA members will convene outside a Tallahassee McDonald's restaurant to protest the abuse that chickens suffer in slaughterhouses that supply the fast-food chain. Other PETA members will hold signs reading, "McCruelty: i'm hatin' it."

McDonald's American suppliers are under fire for using an outdated killing method that often causes birds to suffer the pain of broken wings and broken legs, have their throats cut while they are still conscious, and be scalded to death in defeathering tanks. By requiring its suppliers to update their slaughter methods, McDonald's could eliminate all these abuses.

"We're heating things up to help customers see exactly how coldhearted McDonald's is when it comes to chickens," says PETA's Tracy Patton. "People will flock to other restaurants when they learn that McDonald's is too cheap to make basic changes that would prevent birds from being scalded to death."

The protest will be at the McDonald's on 3819 N. Monroe Street in Tallahassee. PETA plans to begin protesting on Wednesday, April 27 at Noon.


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  • by Tim on May 1, 2011 at 07:51 AM
    How are two average looking women in bikinis in the state of Florida newsworthy?
  • by leon Location: tally on Apr 29, 2011 at 06:28 AM
    And in typical reactionary fashion, there's a bill in the statehouse that would make it illegal to take photos or video on the premises of any livestock operation, even if it documented something illegal and inhumane. Sound familiar? It's also illegal for private citizens to surreptitiously record what is said by public elected officials on the premises of public buildings. The establishment wants to surveil all of us, but we can't do the same back? How long will that sit well with the polity when everybody is now fighting over diminishing shares? You think Wikileaks caused a %&$#-storm? Illegal or not, the time will come when technology will make it very easy to monkeywrench the good ol' boy system. If the whackjobs like Rick Scott keep it up, we might see a wave of civil disobediance like never before. Just sayin'.
  • by Guy Location: Here on Apr 29, 2011 at 05:16 AM
    The old man's face at 1:06 in the video is priceless.
  • by leon Location: tally on Apr 28, 2011 at 06:20 PM
    In other cities the PETA girls go topless, so c'mon where's the ol' PETA daring-do? IAC, if the chicken farm situation is actually as bad as they claim, then something can be done, it's not too much to ask to mitigate inhumane treatment. McD's has already done this with their beef suppliers at the behest and advice of Dr. Temple Grandin. Look it up, you might learn something.
  • by anon on Apr 28, 2011 at 06:03 PM
    yum.......lunch.
  • by paul Location: live oak,fl on Apr 28, 2011 at 02:12 PM
    what does wearing a bikini have to do with peta and make you stop eating chicken? The girls we're not pretty at all!!!!!!!So why honk at them they we're just being made fun of not honking to support them just plain stupid!!!!
  • by It all started with matching bikinis.. on Apr 28, 2011 at 11:07 AM
    Ladies.. isn't it more fun to go to the beach?
  • by The real airborne on Apr 28, 2011 at 11:02 AM
    @fake airborne-But I do like women. If I didn't, I would work for local LE. hahahahahahahaha!
  • by Chickenisnttheproblem Location: Tally on Apr 28, 2011 at 08:32 AM
    These "ladies" really were not anything spectacular to look at. And I can bet that MAYBE 5% even realized they were protesting and not just covered in ketchup. The issue is NOT the way the chickens are killed. The issue is that America has become a society so bent on instant gratification, no matter the consequences, that in order to produce the massive amoutn of so-called chicken (with by-products, fillers and heaps of preservatives) to keep up with demands, there is too big a hurry to be sure that everything is done correctly. Forget humanely. To keep up with the demand, these chicken houses can NOT be healthy environments and I dont know about you, but I dont want to eat processed, possibly sick food just because I am in a hurry.
  • by Airborne on Apr 28, 2011 at 07:08 AM
    Man, I wish I liked women.
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