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International Day of Action Against McDonald’s

Posted 13 October 2006

On October 16th 1985 London Greenpeace launched the first International Day of Action Against McDonald’s. Groups around the world have been organising days of action on this day every year since.

McDonald’s symbolises everything that is wrong with the corporate mentality: like all multinationals it is only interested in making profits from whoever and whatever it can. As a result of the famous Mclibel trial, it was agreed in a court of law that McDonald’s:

  • exploits children with its advertising - luring them with the promise of a toy,
  • falsely advertises its food as nutritious, but in reality most of it is processed junk food high in fat, sugar and salt,
  • risk the health of its long-term regular customers, as a diet of this type is linked with a greater risk of heart disease, obesity, cancer and diabetes,
  • is culpably responsible for cruelty to animals reared for its products,
  • is strongly antipathetic to unions and pay its workers low wages.


  • Go veggie - it’s the simplest and most effective way to make a difference.
  • Organise a demo against McDonald’s on October 16th. See where you can download resources.
  • Get involved locally against McDonald’s. Download the ‘What’s wrong with McDonald’s’ flier, insert your own demo details and campaign against your local store.

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