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PETA Blasts Michelle Obama for Using Real Eggs at Easter Egg Roll

PETA has something to say about Michelle Obama and her choice of eggs for today’s 136th Annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House.  So they picked three little girls to deliver the message.

In a videotaped lecture, the little girls tell Mrs. Obama, “We need to talk.” They then tell her that they are “disappointed” that she is using real eggs.

“Just because all of 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 girls ask Mrs. Obama before launching into the cruelty of industrial farming.

Pointing out that each year the White House boils over 7000 eggs so that children can push them around with a wooden spoon on the First Family’s lawn, the little girls ask the First Lady if she has ever considered how many chickens have had to live their whole lives in cramped conditions and without seeing the sun just to provide the eggs for her fete.

The girls then insist that the real egg tradition must be stopped “right now” and encourage Mrs. Obama to use plastic eggs instead.

In a letter accompanying the video, PETA president Ingrid Newkirk explains further why PETA is advocating a switch to plastic eggs for the once-a-year White House tradition.

“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.” she wrote.

Then taking a jab at the Mrs. Obama’s Let’s Move campaign, she stressed that not only were real eggs cruel for the chickens, but they are unhealthy for kids too.

“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,” she stressed. “One single large egg contains more cholesterol than two Big Mac sandwiches do. It’s the wrong message to send to children.”

Mrs. Obama has not responded to PETA’s nutrition or cruelty claims, but today’s egg roll will use real eggs, which are distributed to spectators and children after the event.

Photo Credit: Screenshot/PETA

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