Dozens of activists with peta2, the youth arm of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, swarmed outside the McDonald's at 1417 Glendale Boulevard in Echo Park starting Saturday evening to express concern over the popular Chicken McNuggets.
They say European suppliers use less cruel methods, but the company has yet to pressure American suppliers to upgrade.
McDonald's issued a statement Saturday saying the company works with independent experts to promote "continuous improvement in animal welfare as part of our broader sustainable supply chain initiatives."
"McDonald's requires our food suppliers to do the right thing -- for animals, for humans, and for the environment," the statement read.
Saturday's protest also marked the relocation of the organization from Norfolk, Va. to the Bob Barker Building in Echo Park.
The building is named after TV personality and animal rights activist Bob Barker, who donated $4.5 million to the restoration of the building.