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Billionaire Carl Icahn Targets McDonald’s Over Treatment of Pigs

The company said Icahn has demanded that they “move to ‘crate free’ pork and set specific timeframes for doing so.”
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© Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn on Sunday nominated two people to McDonald’s board in an effort to start to change the company’s policies in terms of how it treats pigs used for its pork supply. 

Icahn’s nominees were Leslie Samuelrich, the president of Green Century Capital Management, and Maisie Ganzler, who serves as Bon Appétit Management Company’s chief strategy and brand officer, McDonald’s said in a statement on Sunday.

McDonald’s also said that Icahn’s “stated focus in making this nomination relates to a narrow issue regarding the Company’s pork commitment.”

A decade ago, McDonald’s committed to stopping the use of gestation stalls, which are small crates that house pregnant pigs, by this year. 

But that promise remains unfulfilled, and on Sunday, the fast-food giant said that it expects 85 to 90 percent of its U.S. pork to be sourced from pigs not housed in the stalls due to “industry-wide challenges for farmers and producers.”  

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