I’ve never eaten a McRib.
I’ll admit I am curious and absolutely positive that it is delicious. But, something about a sandwich that puts “rib” right there in the title yet is a boneless fusion of various pork parts drenched in barbeque sauce doesn’t seem all that appealing.
Just me? Okay.
Well, if there was even a sliver of hope that I was going to cave to my fatassial tendencies, this article from The Atlantic website nipped that right in the bud.
It seems that the Humane Society of the United States is less than thrilled with conditions at McDonald’s “pork” supplier, Smithfield Foods. Though McDonald’s touts that their meat comes from well-treated happy pigs, HSUS begs to differ. On Wednesday they filed a complaint with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission contending that Smithfield is not being upfront with consumers.
From The Atlantic:
HSUS found that Smithfield pigs were living in hellish conditions where basic needs were systematically unmet. Female pigs were crammed into gestation crates, preventing movement for most of their lives; many crates were coated in blood from the mouths of pigs chewing the metal bars of their crates; a sick pig was shot in the head with a captive bolt gun and thrown into a dumpster while still alive; prematurely born piglets routinely fell through the gate’s slats into a manure pit; castration and tail docking took place without anesthesia; and employees tossed baby pigs into carts as if they were stuffed animals. The investigator saw many lame pigs but never a vet.