Posted: May 22, 2014 7:54 AM
Updated: May 22, 2014 7:54 AM
OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) McDonald's CEO Don Thompson sought to address a growing chorus of critics on issues including worker pay, marketing to children and animal rights at its shareholders meeting Thursday.
Thompson says the company has a heritage of providing job opportunities and isn't predatory or focused on marketing to children.
A day earlier, McDonald's closed one of its buildings in Oak Brook, Illinois, where hundreds of protesters had planned to demonstrate over the low wages paid to its workers.
Protesters targeted another site on the company's headquarters in suburban Chicago, and more than 138 were arrested for refusing to leave the property.
The protesters were out again before the meeting Thursday.