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ARA's Plan Protest at Riverside McDonald's

RIVERSIDE - Members of an animal rights' group will picket outside a Riverside McDonald's Sunday to denounce what the activists allege are cruel slaughtering practices by the fast-food chain's chicken suppliers.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is planning a 90- minute-long "McCruely" protest at the McDonald's franchise at 7474 Indiana Ave., starting at 1 p.m.

Demonstrators will be handing out leaflets and carrying signs spotlighting what they claim is the abusive treatment of poultry.

"Chickens raised for McDonald's are slaughtered using an outdated method that results in extreme suffering," according to a PETA statement. "As one of the biggest sellers of chicken meat, McDonald's has the responsibility -- and the ability -- to reduce this abuse by demanding that its U.S. and Canadian suppliers use a less cruel slaughter method."

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