McVegan to Be Rolled Out Across Finland and Sweden
News that four McDonald’s locations in Finland were testing a new vegan burger created excitement around the world. We have good news: the trial was a success, and the McVegan is to become a permanent menu item across Finland and Sweden.
The McVegan is a soya burger on a bun with tomato, lettuce, pickles, onion, ketchup, mustard, oil and an egg-less sandwich sauce. CNN reports that the burger will be on McDonald’s permanent menu in the two countries to meet increased demand from “more and more” people who want to eat plant-based food that’s better for the environment.
Of course, a vegan burger is better for cows, too. Cows used for beef are often kept on intensive factory farms and may spend their entire lives indoors, never grazing in the open air or having space to move around. Even grass-fed cows usually spend some of their time indoors, often inside crowded, faeces-filled feedlots. And grass-fed or otherwise, cows in the meat industry all end up on journeys to the abattoir during which they frequently collapse from exhaustion. Once unloaded, the animals are shot in the head with an electric bolt gun in order to stun them. But inept, overworked employees often fail to do this properly, so many terrified cows go to their deaths kicking and screaming, still conscious as they’re skinned and dismembered.
From 28 December, Finns and Swedes can reject this cruelty and eat at the fast food mainstay without harming animals.
Will McDonald’s restaurants in the UK finally become inspired to cater to the growing number of compassionate diners, too? You can drop the company a quick, polite note to let it know that you’d like to see vegan items on UK menus. And while you’re waiting for McDonald’s UK to get with the times, here are some vegan options at other chain restaurants: