Hey McDonalds Hawaii Loves Pit Bulls

America’s Bark Off to McDonald’s from BADRAP.org on Vimeo.

Way to go dog owners. You spoke up quickly and prompted McDonalds to take down their ridiculous advertising suggesting Chicken McNuggets are safer then petting a Pit Bull.

Hawaii has limited number of McDonalds and a large population of Pit Bulls. More good than bad once again in paradise!

The Pit Bull Personality

American Pit Bull Terriers are outgoing and people loving. Properly socialized dogs are extremely friendly, even with strangers. Pit Bulls are intelligent and eager to please and tend to remain playful throughout their lives. While some can be low key and like to chill out most the time, many others need a job to do to channel their enthusiasm and energy.

Put Bulls excel in dog sports, search and rescue work, drug and bomb detection work, and as therapy dogs. Severe shyness, fearfulness or human- directed aggression is not characteristic of the breed and highly undesirable in any dog.

As a professional dog trainer and Habits Coach in my years of training dogs, Pit Bulls are incredibly smart and easy to work with. I love working with Pit Bulls.

Unfounded Fear, Dogs & the Media

Is it that we are a nation that has to have something to be afraid of? Is it that we judge unfairly because the media only shows the negative? We are a country with an amalgamation of color and ethnics. Are we truly still afraid of people because of their heritage?

People are coaxed into being judgmental, being afraid. The media uses a common happy meal kids place theme like McDonalds to portray these messages. The politically correct police aren’t so hard on those who make judgmental statements out loud about dog breeds though, and so it goes… The Pit Bull gets a bad rap unfairly.

Let this one be a lesson on how we treat both people and dogs and how the media can portray the good as the bad and vise versa. Don’t judge and create fear based on breed, and certainly be aware of big advertising campaigns suggesting what we should and should not fear.

Misrepresented:  Safe and Chicken McNugget

Case in point, McDonalds suggests that Chicken McNuggets are safe. They have cute kids, nice bright toys and most the world eating them.

What if the world got to see this on a bill board?

The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan is a book I highly recommend you read. It describes how the eating habits of Americans have changed over the past 30 years. He talks about the subject of Chicken McNuggets and defines the ingredients used. The following exerpts are taken directly from The Omnivore’s Dilemma:

Chicken McNugget Ingredients

The ingredients listed in the flyer suggest a lot of thought goes into a nugget, that and a lot of corn. Of the thirty-eight ingredients it takes to make a McNugget, I counted thirteen that can be derived from corn: the corn-fed chicken itself; modified cornstarch (to bind the pulverized chicken meat); mono-, tri-, and diglycerides (emulsifiers, which keep the fats and water from separating); dextrose; lecithin (another emulsifier); chicken broth (to restore some of the flavor that processing leeches out); yellow corn flour and more modified cornstarch (for the batter); cornstarch (a filler); vegetable shortening; partially hydrogenated corn oil; and citric acid as a preservative. A couple of other plants take part in the nugget: There’s some wheat in the batter, and on any given day the hydrogenated oil could come from soybeans, canola, or cotton rather than corn, depending on the market price and availability.

According to the handout, McNuggets also contain several completely synthetic ingredients, quasiedible substances that ultimately come not from a corn or soybean field but form a petroleum refinery or chemical plant. These chemicals are what make modern processed food possible, by keeping the organic materials in them from going bad or looking strange after months in the freezer or on the road. Listed first are the “leavening agents”: sodium aluminum phosphate, mono-calcium phosphate, sodium acid pyrophosphate, and calcium lactate. These are antioxidants added to keep the various animal and vegetable fats involved in a nugget from turning rancid. Then there are “anti-foaming agents” like dimethylpolysiloxene, added to the cooking oil to keep the starches from binding to air molecules, so as to produce foam during the fry. The problem is evidently grave enough to warrant adding a toxic chemical to the food: According to the Handbook of Food Additives, dimethylpolysiloxene is a suspected carcinogen and an established mutagen, tumorigen, and reproductive effector; it’s also flammable.

But perhaps the most alarming ingredient in a Chicken McNugget is tertiary butylhydroquinone, or TBHQ, an antioxidant derived from petroleum that is either sprayed directly on the nugget or the inside of the box it comes in to “help preserve freshness.” According to A Consumer’s Dictionary of Food Additives, TBHQ is a form of butane (i.e. lighter fluid) the FDA allows processors to use sparingly in our food: It can comprise no more than 0.02 percent of the oil in a nugget. Which is probably just as well, considering that ingesting a single gram of TBHQ can cause nausea, vomiting, ringing in the ears, delirium, a sense of suffocation, and collapse.  Ingesting five grams of TBHQ can kill.

My choice is the dog as a wonderful loving companion. McDonalds is in fact the unsafe choice here.

 Jt Clough lives on the Big Island, Hawaii, and practices health, happiness and natural remedies, while working as a Habits Coach for people looking to live healthier and happier lives.  She is a dog whisperer for our best friends; and studies natural dog remedies, nutrition and communication.  Her latest e-book is 5K Training Guide | Running with Dogs.

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