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LONDON - Shareholders in fast-food chain McDonald's will soon be given the chance to vote on whether the company should introduce animal welfare standards worldwide, the BBC reports.
The proposal, to be considered at the company's annual meeting next month, calls for the burger chain to extend the animal treatment guidelines which are in place in Britain and the United States to all 121 countries around the world where it does business.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) was behind the resolution, according to the BBC. In addition, PETA has stated that some of the practices that McDonalds supports - even in the United States and the United Kingdom - are still cruel.
In other related news, PETA is formally announcing its boycott of supermarket retailer Safeway today at a news conference in Vancouver. The group claims that Safeway has refused to match minimum animal welfare standards adhered to by McDonald's, Burger King, and Wendy's.