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McDonald's sets new welfare standards for chicken

Staff Writer |
McDonald's will require suppliers to follow new standards for raising and slaughtering chickens served in its restaurants.

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Under McDonald's updated guidelines, suppliers must comply by 2024 with rules dictating the amount and brightness of light in chicken houses, provide birds with access to perches that promote natural behavior, and take other steps to improve animal welfare.

The world's largest restaurant chain by revenue also pledged to conduct trials with suppliers to measure the wellbeing of different chicken breeds.