The White House’s annual Easter Egg Roll is supposed to be a time for celebration, but Easter is no time to rejoice for hens on factory farms. Hens who are forced to lay eggs are crammed together in cages so small that they can’t even spread one wing. So PETA is offering to provide plastic and ceramic eggs to take the place of the thousands of chicken eggs slated for use in the 2016 event.
This isn’t the first time the Obamas have been encouraged to use plastic or ceramic eggs. In 2014, one group of caring kids gave the first lady a shell of a time for wastefully using hens’ eggs instead of reusable plastic or ceramic eggs during the event. As these kind kids pointed out, using real eggs isn’t just wasteful—it’s rotten to animals. Check out their video heart-to-heart with Michelle Obama:
This year, PETA President Ingrid Newkirk is echoing the girls’ sentiments in a personal letter to the president and first lady urging them—for a second time—to consider the harm that this event does to animals.
Let’s hope our renewed heartfelt pleas encourage the Obamas to hop into a new tradition of using animal-friendly reusable eggs for the Easter Egg Roll in their last year in office. All of us can do our part to give hens reason to celebrate this Easter by using only cruelty-free vegan eggs at our festivities.