People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals, commonly known as PETA, are calling out the first lady Michelle Obama in a YouTube video, about the White House’s tradition of using real eggs in the annual White House Easter Egg Roll.
How does PETA jump from animals to eggs? If they are on the level about their concerns from the origin of the eggs, the chicken that qualifies as an animal could be their springboard into policing eggs.
The 1-minute, 20-seconds video titled “Michelle Obama, We Need to Talk!”. In the video three pre-teen girls express their disappointment to the first lady surrounding her use of real eggs and how much “better than this” she is.
One of the girls asks, “How many chickens have to spend their whole lives in a cage just to lay those eggs?”
The holiday tradition has a long history dating back to 1878 when President Rutherford B. Hayes officially opened the White House grounds to local children for egg rolling on Easter Monday. All those years and now the eggs are an issue? The girls in the vid clip urge Mrs. Obama to break the follow the predecessor tradition.
“Just because all the other first ladies have done it doesn’t mean you have to. If all the other first ladies jumped off a bridge, would you?”
The three girls on the vid clip suggest using plastic eggs.
PETA backed up the video with a letter to the First Lady. Notice in the except how they take a dig at her “Let’s Move” initiative
“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,” PETA president Ingrid Newkirk wrote in the letter.
“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,” Newkirk added, before going on to say that the first lady was working directly against her own political viewpoints. “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 2014 Egg Roll’s “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape” theme seems fairly aligned with her “Let’s Move” initiative to me. Hopping and hunting for eggs does take a physical investment from participants. PETA is taking a long reach here to tie the First Lady into alleged inhumane environments and treatment of the source of the eggs. If such environments and treatment of the birds that are the source of the eggs, PETA would be more aligned with their objective to focus on that source and not the eggs.
No word yet on where the White House gets its eggs used in the Annual Egg Hunt that is scheduled for April 21.