Petition Asks McDonald's To Add 'Meatless' Burger Option

Nancy Harty
June 13, 2019 - 4:52 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Some vegans had a special delivery for McDonald's executives at lunchtime Thursday: 220,000 thousand signatures in support of adding a plant-based burger to the fast-food giant’s menu.

Author and activist Kathy Freston led a small group in handing over boxes of the signatures to someone outside McDonald's headquarters in the West Loop. Others handed out vegan burgers from McDonald’s competitor Burger King.

McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook said last month the company is trying to identify sustained consumer trends on plant-based food. 

Freston says 70 percent of people worldwide want to cut back on meat consumption, either partially or altogether.

One women ordering lunch from a downtown taco truck said she'd be open to a vegan burger because she has tried to eat more responsibly.

But her friend said if she's eating at McDonald's, she wants a double cheeseburger -- not a meatless one.

Freston says the effort is not about vegans and vegetarians. They are targeting people who want to reduce red meat in their diet for environmental, health or animal welfare reasons.