Petition: Veggie Burger at McDonalds

Circa 2003, McDonalds had a veggie burger in many of their Southern California locations (see the article McDonald’s launches Veggie Burger in Southern California). I had it a few times and it was quite good. McDonalds says that it was not a popular item, so they removed it.

Ten years later, maybe it’s time they tried it again. Kathy Freston is circulating a petition on, McDonald’s: It’s Time For A Healthy, Meatless Option (Please!).

I’m not getting behind this effort so that hardcore vegans have something to eat at McDonalds, but rather for the number of animals that could be spared a lifetime of suffering just from meat-eaters trying this burger and eating it occasionally. Why order two big macs, when you can lose weight and reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes by ordering just one Big Mac and a McVeggie?

6 Responses to “Petition: Veggie Burger at McDonalds”

  1. Zoe Says:

    White bread is overall not healthy. Let’s not undermine our credibility here.

  2. Robin Boynton Says:

    It’s about time McDonalds starts going ‘plant based’! These fast food joints have greatly contributed to the skyrocketing horrors from factory farms in the last five decades to where they are now: 1. horrific treatment/death of farm animals, 2. the downhill spiral of the public’s health, and 3. the ruin of our environment!

  3. Vicki spradling Says:

    We need this as an option

  4. Dan Says:

    Duly signed. Thanks for pointing this out to your audience. I agree whole-heartedly with the comment “rather for the number of animals that could be spared a lifetime of suffering just from meat-eaters trying this burger and eating it occasionally.”

    I’m not sure if this is the case in the U.S. but here in Canada we have a quite good veggie burger at a fast food restaurant chain called Harvey’s. Put it on a multigrain bun and eat two of them, with no cheese but some barbeque sauce and other toppings, and it’s quite delicious and does not cause suffering to animals. Of course one could make the argument that we shouldn’t be giving any money to these mega-restaurant chains which capitalize on animal suffering, but I think that by keeping the veggie burger option alive, fewer animals will suffer as a result (i.e. the restaurant won’t feel forced to remove it from their menu as a result of the unpopularity of this choice). Perhaps as more and more people have access to eating veggie burgers instead of animal burgers at fast food restaurants, veganism will become more and more socially and culturally acceptable to the average Joe or Jill on the street. And that can only be a good thing!

  5. phytoburger Says:

    Wow, and burger king using morningstar burgers? This would help lots of people make the transition a more convenient habit or at least make the discussion of vegetarianism or veganism more comfortable.

  6. LynnCS Says:

    I bought a vegi burger at a DQ in Medford Oregon a long time ago. Haven’t been there in a while, so not sure if they still have it. It gave me a stomach ache. It was when I was on a not so healthy veg diet before my incarnation on McDougall!

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