I've been reading on and off about McLibel and McD's current policies and practices (mainly animal welfare) for a few months. I recently visited their site to see what they had to say about this. Although it was by no means exhaustive, it did have a section with Dr. Temple Grandin (an expert in humane handling of animals) commenting that McD's has improved its standards in the stunning of animals. She states, "I have been in this field for more than 25 years, and I have never seen such a transformation. It's extremely gratifying."
On the other hand, they had no information about how they are adequately providing humane conditions and slaughter of chickens. Although I wish I were more informed about these issues, I find I don't have the time to wade through all of the information on this site. Could someone possibly condense it for me, and briefly explain the situation on McD's and how they rate on animal welfare?
McSpotlight: As far as we're aware, they've done nothing really significant in the two years since the McLibel verdict; I don't know which plant they showed Dr. Grandin. PETA have been lobbying McDonald's ever since the McLibel verdict to improve their slaughterhouse conditions; when they finally realized that McDonald's were not making any significant changes to policy, they started up their own protest campaign and web site. And, after all, it was chickens that McDonald's was found to be guilty of cruelty to.