PETA scolds Michelle Obama over using real eggs for Easter Egg Roll

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PETA is urging first lady Michelle Obama to substitute fake eggs for the 19,000 real ones to be used in Monday's Easter Egg Roll, claiming that egg production is cruel and eating them unhealthy and a violation of her “Let's Move!” agenda.

In a video featuring young girls playing to the first lady’s heartstrings, two pre-teens say, “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?”

In an open letter, Ingrid E. Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of animals adds:

"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. 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 East Wing, run by the first lady, is in charge of the event. In the past, the White House has boiled 19,000 eggs for the event -- 14,500 for the egg roll and egg hunt, and the rest to dye.

In their video, the kids try to turn the tables on a typical mother-daughter lecture. "I'm not mad — I'm just disappointed," the kids begin. "Think for a second how many chickens had to spend their whole lives in a cage to lay those eggs, never seeing the sunshine." Then they scold, "You're planning another Easter Egg Roll with real eggs, aren't you?”

Below is the text of Newkirk’s letter to the first lady.

Dear Ms. Obama,

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. 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.

Please take a few moments to visit http://peta.vg/1f28 to watch a special video message made for you by a group of kids who are hopping mad about animal abuse in the egg industry. I hope that after hearing their message, you will implement a new, humane tradition at the White House by using synthetic eggs that don't require any animal to suffer. Here's wishing you and your family a very happy Easter.

Respectfully yours,

Ingrid E. Newkirk

President

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.