Most people accept that eggs are as inseparably tied to Easter as Christmas trees are to Christmas. PETA is not most people.
The infamous animal rights organization sent a lengthy letter to Michelle Obama this week criticizing the White House’s use of real eggs for its annual Easter Egg Roll. To top it off, PETA also made a video featuring “hopping mad” kids telling the first lady they disapprove of her use of eggs as well.
Here is an excerpt from the letter PETA president Ingrid E. Newkirk sent the First Lady:
“I'm writing on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and our more than 3 million members and supporters to urge you, with all due respect, to use reusable plastic or ceramic eggs instead of hard-boiled chicken eggs at the White House Easter Egg Roll.
“For chickens on egg factory farms, Easter is not a time of renewal or joy. 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.”
The letter goes on to say that endorsing eggs goes against the first lady’s “Let’s Move!” initiative because of the cholesterol and saturated fat found in eggs.
PETA added more fuel to its anti-egg fire when it posted this video on YouTube:
As of this writing, no one from the White House has responded to PETA's complaints.