PETA Urges Michelle to Rethink Easter Egg Tradition

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PETA’s latest target is none other than The First Lady. The animal rights’ organization is urging Michelle Obama to reconsider her use of hard boiled multi-colored eggs during the annual White House Easter Egg Hunt Roll.

In an 80-second YouTube video titled “Michelle Obama, We Need to Talk,” three young girls encourage Mrs. Obama to use reusable plastic or ceramic eggs instead of real ones.

“How many chickens have to spend their whole lives in a cage just to lay those eggs?” asks one of the girls.

According to a fact sheet about the historical event, the White House does in fact use hard boiled eggs. In 2012, 19,000 eggs were boiled for the event.

In addition to the video, PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk released an open letter expounding on the organization’s point.

“For chickens on egg factory farms, Easter is not a time of renewal or joy,” she writes. “It can take up to 34 hours in typically hellish conditions for a hen to produce just one of the thousands of eggs slated to be used at the Easter Egg Roll. Furthermore, encouraging the consumption of cruelly sourced, unhealthy eggs is inconsistent with the goals of the ‘Let’s Move!’ initiative. Eggs are laden with saturated animal fat and cholesterol, which are primary contributors to some of our nation’s top killers, including heart disease and strokes. One single large egg contains more cholesterol than two Big Mac sandwiches do. It’s the wrong message to send to children.”

The 136th White House Easter Egg Roll is scheduled for Monday April 21. Check out PETA’s PSA below: