Edie Falco and son join scores of activists calling for a boycott of McDonald’s

Actor Edie Falco, best known for her roles in The Sopranos and Nurse Jackie joined Animal Equality and more than 80 other activists in New York last night who gathered to protest against McDonald’s and the cruel treatment of chicken in its supply chain.

The protest then moved to Times Square where it continued beneath a giant digital ad that a coalition of animal protection is running to draw attention to the cruel farming practices on farms that raise chickens for McDonald’s meat.

Falco, who was joined by her son Anderson, said in a Facebook Live video: “If you know about it and you still decide to eat the animals, you know, that’s between you and whatever… But you should at least know what actually happens. This. It doesn’t just appear on your plate.”

Anderson, passionately joined his mom in commenting, “It’s so unfair, these animals are dying for no reason, eat as a vegan.”

Each year, hundreds of millions of chickens suffer tremendously on farms that raise chickens for McDonald’s menu items. These birds are bred to be so unnaturally big their own legs can’t support their weight. They are crammed into dark sheds and trapped in filth, unable to engage in most natural behaviors.

“These horrific conditions are unacceptable,” said Animal Equality’s Corporate Campaigns Coordinator, Ollie Davidson

He added: “For too long McDonald’s has valued profits over basic animal protections. Rather than commit to meaningful reforms, like over 90 of its competitors such as Burger King and Subway have, McDonald’s continues to drag its feet. It’s time for them to change.”

The 10-second ad, showing at 1500 Broadway Ave and 43rd St. from now until October 31, 2018, will air at least 60 times a day and will intend to reach the estimated 1 million people who pass through Times Square every day.

The protest was one of many activities organized by a coalition of organizations including The Humane League and Compassion Over Killing.

For more information about the campaign, please visit https://mcchickencruelty.com/