An anonymous donor made a $10,000 donation last week to animal-rights group Mercy For Animals (MFA) with a mandate to use it toward the fight to eliminate forms of factory farming involving chickens. Through its corporate engagement program, MFA will work to persuade the largest food companies and new restaurants to adopt meaningful animal-welfare standards for chickens. The donation was made in honor of Dr. Elliot Katz, veterinarian and founder of animal-rights organization In Defense of Animals, who has worked to protect animals, people, and the environment for more than 30 years. “We’re so grateful for the generous donation made in honor of Dr. Katz, a true trailblazer in the animal-protection movement,” MFA President Leah Garcés told VegNews. “At Mercy For Animals, we’ve persuaded some of the world’s largest food companies to eliminate the cruelest factory-farming practices in their supply chains, including Walmart, McDonald’s, and Perdue Farms. We’re excited to continue this work in 2019, with help from this anonymous donation made in Dr. Katz’s name.” According to MFA, chickens make up 98 percent of the animals raised and killed for food in the United States, and, due to genetic manipulation and drugs, are bred to grow so large so fast that they suffer heart attacks, organ failure, and become immobilized under their own weight.

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