Liquid Ross

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  :Grin: .... it's that time of year again !! ... if you have any great ideas of how to celebrate World Anti-McDonald's Day or any experiences ... list below!

McLibel Support Campaign
P R E S S . R E L E A S E . 20/08/04  
McUpdate & call for action on World Anti-McDonald's Day (Oct 16th)  
Update: August 2004

1. Call for action on Oct 16th - Anti-McDonald's day
2. The Global Campaign
3. McLibel case legal update
4. What's Wrong With McDonald's? - updated text of leaflet for global distribution  

Saturday October 16th 2004 will be the 20th annual Worldwide Anti-McDonald's Day [UN World Food Day] - a protest against the promotion of junk food, the unethical targeting of children, exploitation of workers, animal cruelty, damage to the environment and the global domination of corporations over our lives.

SO WHY NOT ORGANISE PICKETS AND PROTESTS IN YOUR TOWN ON SAT OCT 16th? And please send us a report!  Please copy the 'What's Wrong With McDonald's?' leaflet at: [or use latest text below, at end]

Millions of leaflets have now been handed out in over 27 languages worldwide since 1990 when the McDonald's Corporation took legal action against the McLibel 2 aiming to suppress the growing leafletting campaign. This surely demonstrates the determination of community activists to ensure that the public have the opportunity to see through the glossy marketing propaganda that big business continually forces upon us.


Food is central to our everyday lives, yet we have virtually no control over its production and distribution. The food industry is dominated by multinational companies who for their own profits exploit consumers, workers, the world's natural resources and billions of farmed animals. The way we eat, and even the way we think about food is being manipulated by these powerful institutions and their sophisticated marketing campaigns.

To understand the reality behind the propaganda, we can focus on McDonald's - one of the most powerful, influential and well-known global companies.

Despite its strenuous efforts, McDonald's is widely despised, and its 'reputation' - along with that of the food industry in general - continues to sink ever further.

As well as the mass distribution of leaflets by thousands of local activists around the world, especially on the annual October 16th Anti-McDonald's Day, the global campaign against McDonald's has continued to grow over the last three or four years:

- many determined residents' campaigns against new stores, including a successful 552-day occupation of a proposed McDonald's site by residents of Hinchley Wood, S.E. England, campaigns against drive-thrus in Canada, and protest blockades in Voronezh (S. Russia)
- mass anti-McDonald's protests by french farmers, including a 30,000-strong demo
- efforts by McDonald’s workers to organise together to stand up to their bosses (eg. in the UK, France, Russia and Canada), including the creation of the McDonald's Workers Resistance
- a global upsurge of concern over the alarming increase in obesity, heart disease and a range of other serious health problems in industrialised countries. McDonald's identified as a main culprit. This has included a lawsuit against US junk food corporations McDonald's, KFC, Burger King, and Wendys on behalf of millions of customers mislead by the systematic and unethical promotion of unhealthy food products
- there has been growing pressure for bans and restrictions on advertising to children, controversies over McDonald's sponsorship of the United Nations Childrens Fund, and over their involvement in schools and hospitals
- an ongoing international scandal over extreme labour exploitation in China for the production of McDonald's 'happy meal' toys
- McDonald's USA sued and forced to apologise and pay out millions of dollars for deceiving their customers by not revealing beef extract was a content of their supposedly vegetarian french fries
- growing concern throughout Europe, Japan, Australia, US and Canada about the threat to human health posed by beef-related diseases (such as BSE) and genetically-modified animal feed
- food poisoning scandals in South America (Argentina and Chile)
- protests against McDonald's mass use of refrigeration chemicals linked to global warming
- controversies over McDonald's hypocritical 'concern' professed over animal cruelty and general corporate responsibility
- McDonald’s increasingly identified by a wide range of protestors worldwide as a symbol of modern capitalism
- recent falls in their global profits and corporate closure of many stores, with US Executives admitting that recent years have been the "most challenging" in McDonald's 49-year history.


Meanwhile, the McLibel case continues to generate bad publicity for McDonald's. The defendants Helen Steel and Dave Morris are currently taking the British Government to the European Court of Human Rights over oppressive and unfair UK libel laws - this will culminate in a hearing in front of the court on September 7th 2004 in Strasbourg. [Steel and Morris vs UK]. Many damning legal rulings against the company have already been made: exploiting children with their advertising strategy; deceiving consumers by claiming their food is nutritious; promoting food linked to a greater risk of heart disease; paying low wages; and being responsible for animal cruelty. But the defendants are arguing that, to protect the public's freedom of speech, corporations should not be allowed to bring such cases against protestors at all.

Helen and Dave are asserting that the McLibel trial breached, in particular, Article 6 [right to a fair trial] and Article 10 [right to freedom of expression] of the Human Rights Convention, and that English libel laws are incompatible with the convention.

The McLibel 2 are seeking to defend the public's right to criticise companies whose business practices affect people's lives, health and the environment. They also seek an end to oppressive, unfair and archaic defamation laws and procedures in general, and in the McLibel case in particular. If they win, the UK government could be forced to amend or scrap some of these laws and procedures.

Whatever happens in Strasbourg, the McLibel campaign has already demonstrated that a determined and widespread campaign of grass roots defiance and non-cooperation can render oppressive laws unworkable.
The continually growing opposition to McDonald's and all it stands for is a vindication of all the efforts of those around the world who have been exposing and challenging the corporation's business practices.



McDonald's spend over $2 billion every year worldwide on advertising and promotions, trying to cultivate an image of being a 'caring' and 'green' company that is also a fun place to eat.  Children are lured in - dragging their parents behind them - with the promise of toys and other gimmicks.  But behind the smiling face of Ronald McDonald lies the reality: McDonald's only interest is money, making profits from whoever and whatever they can, just like all multinationals.  The company's sales are now $40 billion a year.  The continual worldwide expansion of fast food chains means more uniformity, less choice and the undermining of local communities.

McDonald's promote their food as 'nutritious', but the reality is that it is processed junk food - high in fat, sugar and salt, and low in fibre and vitamins.  A diet of this type is linked with a greater risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other diseases.  Their food also contains many chemical additives, some of which may cause ill-health, and hyperactivity in children. Modern intensive farming and production methods are geared to maximising profits.  As a result, the widespread use of unnatural practices and chemicals has also affected people's health (e.g. BSE and food poisoning).

Workers in the fast food industry are paid low wages.  McDonald's do not pay overtime rates even when employees work very long hours.  Pressure to keep profits high and wage costs low results in understaffing, so staff have to work harder and faster.  As a consequence, accidents (particularly burns) are common.  The majority of employees are people who have few job options and so have no alternative to being bossed around and exploited - and they're compelled to 'smile' too!  Not surprisingly staff turnover at McDonald's is high, making it virtually impossible to unionise and fight for a better deal.  This suits McDonald's who have always been opposed to workers' rights and Unions.  The same is true for workers toiling in sweatshops in China to produce McDonald's 'happy meal' toys.

The demands made by multinationals for cheap food supplies result in the exploitation of agricultural workers throughout the world.  Vast areas of land in poor countries are used for cash crops or for cattle ranching, or to grow grain to feed animals to be eaten in the West.  This is at the expense of local food needs.  McDonald's continually promote meat products, encouraging people to eat meat more often, which wastes more and more food resources.  7 million tons of grain fed to livestock produces only 1 million tons of meat and by-products.  On a plant-based diet and with land shared fairly, almost every region could be self-sufficient in food.

Forests throughout the world - vital for all life - are being destroyed at an appalling rate by multinational companies. McDonald's have at last been forced to admit to using beef reared on ex-rainforest land, preventing its regeneration. Also, the use of farmland by multinationals and their suppliers forces local people to move on to other areas and cut down further trees. McDonald's are the world's largest user of beef. Methane emitted by cattle reared for the beef industry is a major contributor to the 'global warming' crisis. The heavy use of chemicals in modern agriculture destroys wildlife, plants and the soil.

Every year McDonald's use over a million tons of unnecessary plastic and paper packaging, the production of which requires environmentally-damaging chemicals and degradation of forests.  Most of the packaging ends up littering our streets or polluting the land buried in landfill sites.

The menus of the burger chains are based on the torture and murder of millions of animals. Most are intensively farmed, with no access to fresh air and sunshine, and no freedom of movement.  Their short lives are cruel and their deaths are barbaric - 'humane slaughter' is a myth.  We have the choice to eat meat or not, but the billions of animals slaughtered for food each year have no choice at all.

Food is central to our everyday lives, yet we have virtually no control over its production and distribution.  The way we eat, and even the way we think about food is being manipulated by these powerful institutions and their sophisticated marketing campaigns.  But despite strenuous marketing efforts, McDonald's is widely despised, and its 'reputation' - along with that of the food industry in general - continues to sink ever further.

Every year on 16th October there is an annual World Day of Action against McDonald's and all they stand for - with pickets and demonstrations all over the world.  Together we can fight back against the institutions which currently control our lives and our planet, and we can create a better society without exploitation or oppression.  Workers can and do organise together to fight for their rights and dignity.  People are increasingly aware of the need to think seriously about the food we and our children eat. Environmental and animal rights protests and campaigns are growing everywhere.  People in poor countries are organising themselves to stand up to multinationals and banks which dominate the world's economy.  Why not join in the struggle for a better world?  Talk to friends and family, neighbours and workmates about these issues.  Please copy and circulate this leaflet as widely as you can.

contact details 
McLibel Support Campaign
5 Caledonian Road, London, N1 9DX, UK.
Tel/Fax: +44 (207) 713 1269


Pound Shop Alex Petridis
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what in tintern abbey are you talking about?
can't help noticing that this is on the same day as planet shroom in bristol -- any of the brizzle massive up for doing something?

assume there's a maccas in broadmead?


silly and up for it!
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yep... i will copy, print and circulate mate......!!! :peace:
ill put a few about me kids school aswell..... :dancey:
little by little things will change.....
love and light x x pip x :grandad:


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HEy, I'm living in Bristol at the moment and I'd be well up for doing something - I've only been here a very short while and need to make some contacts!

Liquid Ross

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this weekend !! if anyone in the kent area doing anything or up for doing something, gimme shout